12 MARCH 10, 2022 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Make the creeps walk
New Yorkers deserve a subway
system that’s reliable, swift
and safe. Moreover, the city’s
economic recovery from the COVID-19
pandemic is also dependent upon those
But even as the MTA set a new postomicron
ridership record on March 1,
the city is battling an uptick in transit
crime, which was up 75% in January. It
prompted the Adams administration
to put in place a subway safety plan
bringing in additional offi cers and
resources to restore a sense of safety
and security within the transit system.
Some of the crimes the NYPD is battling
in the subways are truly ghastly.
Along with assaults and robberies,
cops are dealing with sex criminals
groping riders or masturbating in public
view. In one particularly shocking
case, a deviant smeared a woman’s face
with human feces at a Bronx subway
These acts are truly deplorable, and
warrant more than just jail time.
The former Cuomo administration
included in the 2020 budget the
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“Transit Trespass Provision,” a law
prohibiting repeat and “high-risk” sex
off enders from using the New York
City subway system for three years.
Criminal justice and transit advocates
blasted the idea, saying it’s
almost impossible to enforce and
amounted to government overreach
We can’t expect the MTA or the
NYPD to patrol all 472 subway stations
every day to prevent banned individuals
from entering the system. So on its
face, a ban on off enders would be unenforceable
from a proactive approach.
However, the ban can still have an
impact on catching criminals for new
off enses within the subway system.
Violating the ban would mean an additional
misdemeanor charge, which
would result in additional jail time
If the threat of extra punishment is
enough to convince a repeat off ender
to stay out of the subway system, then
the ban will have done its job.
Riding the subway system is not an
unalienable right for a New Yorker.
Anyone who uses the subways to commit
heinous crimes against passengers
should lose the privilege of sharing a
reliable, swift and safe system with
others — either for a specifi c period of
time, or permanently.
They can take a bus, ride a bike,
drive a car or use their own two feet.
But the creeps who terrorize our subway
system to harm riders should be
told to stay away from our subways.