Governor Cuomo Announces FY 2020 Executive Budget Will Strengthen Protections Against Assault for Transportation Workers
Updated On: Aug 11, 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the FY 2020 Executive Budget includes new measures to protect transportation workers in New York State against assault. Under the new provisions, offenders charged with attacking transportation workers would be subject to a Class D felony, which is punishable by a mandatory term of imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of up to $5,000. Currently, only certain employees with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are covered by these protections. The Governor's proposal would increase the types of workers within the MTA who are protected. It would also for the first time include an expanded category of workers covered by these protections, including highway workers and contractors with the State Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority, municipal highway workers and contractors, as well as workers at airports statewide. In addition, the proposal would mandate that any motorists who endanger highway workers with an unauthorized intrusion into an active work zone would be subject to a term of up to three months in jail and a fine of up to $500.