When the discussion turns to dangerous city jobs, sanitation workers and social service workers are not usually at the top of the list. But for years, union leaders have argued civil servants who handle those duties are often pelted with threats — and worse — during the course of a work day. Last week, Gov. Cuomo signed two bills into law that will toughen penalties to people who assault those workers. One of the new laws targets people who assault an employee of a social service district who is investigating or responding to alleged abuse of neglect of a child, a vulnerable elderly person or an incompetent or physically disabled person. “This law will provide additional protection to front line staff at the Administration for Children Services, Human Resources Administration and Department of Homeless Services, who work tirelessly to provide care and assistance to those in need,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “This legislation recognizes their commitment by treating an assault on one of these dedicated men or women the same way we treat an assault on a police officer, firefighter or school employee,” he said. Cuomo signed another bill that makes assaulting a sanitation worker a felony offense… Read full this story
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