Gianaris calls on NY State to expand “Good Samaritan” law

Michael Gianaris

January 18, 2012

Sunnyside Post reports on Senator Gianaris’ introduction of new legislation that expands on New York’s Good Samaritan laws. The new bill extends liability protection to local business and non-profits acting as safe havens for individuals who feel unsafe.

 An Astoria man fled from an attacker and sought refuge in a store early this summer. However, the store owner turned the man away claiming that he might get embroiled in a lawsuit.To combat such scenarios, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (who represents Sunnyside and Woodside) has introduced new legislation expanding New York’s “Good Samaritan” laws. The legislation would protect local businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens from being held liable for damages or injuries that may have occurred while helping a victim. Gianaris held a press conference at Dazies, a well known Sunnyside restaurant.    

“Protecting small businesses that rush to aid someone in distress will increase the safe havens available to crime victims and make our streets safer,” Gianaris said. “By encouraging businesses to act in good faith in an emergency, this legislation creates a stronger safety net for individuals who may otherwise feel apprehensive about travelling alone or in unknown neighborhoods.”

 Read the full article here.