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New York - City Council, School Officials Attend Rally For Safety In NYC Schools

Published on: April 14, 2015 04:15 PM
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New York – A rally for non-public school safety in New York City was held today, attended by Councilman David G. Greenfield and his colleagues from the City Council, alongside parochial schools, private schools, and Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders, in support of Introduction 65.

The legislation, created by Councilman Greenfield, would guarantee non-public schools a school safety agent at the request of the school. Although school safety agents are unarmed, they are trained by and work for the NYPD in full uniform and are equipped with police radios that give them a direct link to the NYPD. The legislation hopes to provide a safe learning environment for all non-public schools.

“All of New York’s children deserve to be safe and protected when they go to school. We cannot afford to play politics with our children’s safety. We need to get all schools, Catholic and Muslim, Jewish and independent schools, the protection they deserve as soon as possible before it is too late,” said Councilman Greenfield.


Councilman Greenfield was joined by members of the City Council: Chaim Deutsch, the Chair of Subcommittee for Non-Public Schools; Andy King, Andrew Cohen, Mark Treyger, Robert Cornegy, Rory Lancman and Mathieu Eugene.

As of today, 46 of 51 members have signed onto Introduction 65.

“Jewish schools in New York City and around the world face a barrage of threats from terrorists and anti-Semites,” said Council Member Rory I. Lancman. “These students – indeed, all students at nonpublic schools – deserve the same protection provided by our school safety officers that public schools students receive.”

The bill has also received support from the Catholic Community Relations Council, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, the Archdiocese of New York, the Muslim Community Network, the Islamic Schools Association of New York and the NYS Association of Independent Schools.

“Our city has an obligation to keep every one of our children safe, regardless of what kind of school they attend. The frightening rise in religiously motivated attacks in New York City and around the world has made sectarian schools more vulnerable than ever, and this bill would provide students at such institutions a measure of much-needed protection,” said Councilmember Mark Levine, chair of the Jewish Caucus.

Participating members in attendance included Rabbi David Zweibel Chairman Committee of NYC Religious and Independent School Officials; Rafeek Mohammed, president of the Islamic Schools Association; Joe Rosenberg, director for the Catholic Archdiocese; Joy Jones, principal of Ebenezer Preparatory School; Jeff Leb, director for UJA Federation; Brother Ahmed Hamid, the Al-Noor School of Brooklyn; Debbie Klugmann, director for Bais Yaakov of Boro Park; Barri Spitzer, district manager for Community Board 12; Rabbi Stuart Klammer, headmaster for Shulamith School of Brooklyn for Girls; and Rabbi David Neiderman for UJA of Williamsburg.

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 Apr 15, 2015 at 09:20 AM lavrenty Says:

why are the people causing terrorism there? we are trying to protect ourselves FROM them, who are they afraid of? Another greenfield stunt.


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