senate Bill S4654A
(R, C, IP) 22nd Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Vetoed by Governor
Creates the New York city transit authority safety advisory panel to study and report on safety from terrorist acts and to provide a moratorium on the closing of token booths and minimum staffing levels on trains operated in passenger service in the NYC transit system.
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Legislative Cycle:
- Law Section:
- Public Authorities Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §§1204-f & 1205-b, Pub Auth L
- Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S4528, A641
2009-2010: S3772A, A1442A
2007-2008: S7662, A8355
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation
to creating a New York city transit authority safety advisory panel to
study and report on safety from terrorist acts and to provide for a
moratorium on the closing of token booths and minimum staffing levels on
trains operated in passenger service in the New York city transit system
PURPOSE: This bill would enhance the security and safety of subway
passengers by creating a transit authority safety advisory panel to
study, report on and make recommendations regarding safety from terror-
ist acts and to provide for a moratorium on the closing of token booths
and minimum staffing levels on trains operated in passenger service in
the New York City transit system.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill establishes the "Transit Authority Passenger
Security and Safety Act."
Section two of the bill amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a
new section 1205-f requiring minimum staffing on trains operated in
passenger service. This section outlines the conditions upon which the
authority shall ensure that at least one train operator and one conduc-
tor shall be deployed on trains in passenger service.
Section three of the bill amends the Public Authorities Law by adding a
new section 1204-f, which creates the New York City Transit Authority
Safety Advisory Panel (the "Advisory Panel"). The Advisory Panel is
required to undertake a study evaluating various strategies available to
ensure public safety in passenger stations of the New York City Transit
Authority, its subsidiaries and the Staten Island rapid transit operat-
ing authority and to make recommendations. The examination of public
safety includes areas of ingress and egress at passenger stations, as
well as terrorist threats and criminal mischief at such stations. Final-
ly, this section places a moratorium on token booth closures at passen-
ger stations until submission of the Advisory Panel report.
Section four of the bill provides that this act shall take effect imme-
EXISTING LAW: New law
JUSTIFICATION: The threat of terrorist attacks in New York City demands
that the New York City Transit Authority make every effort to ensure the
security and safety of its passengers. New York City continues to be a
primary target for terrorists after the attack in 2001. Security
specialist emphasize that the transit system, especially subway trains
in tunnels, under bodies of water or on bridges, are a prized target by
these enemies to our democracy who seek to generate maximum media expo-
sure and inflict heavy casualties on innocent. civilians densely packed
into a small space. The presence of trained conductors and operators on
such trains can and do act as a deterrent to these enemies of our coun-
try, and the presence of station agents in protected booths within the
system, can greatly facilitate evacuations and reaction time from first
responders in the event of life threatening emergencies underground.
Accordingly, existing staffing levels should be maintained at least at
current levels, until a comprehensive assessment and evaluation is
completed by security experts that will assess the systemic security
needs of the mass transit system in NYC in the event of foreseeable
emergencies. To do less not only endangers the safety and lives of
passengers using mass transit facilities, but encourages our enemies to
exploit a perceived "weak link" in our security defenses.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: 4654: - Referred to Transportation
2011-2012: S.4528 - Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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