Flu. Man Guilty Of Homicide approximately 11 p.m. by EMS personnel on the scene. Assistant District Attorney Karen L. Ross, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Trials Bureau, prosecuted the case under the supervision Assistant District Attorneys Brad A. Leventhal, bureau chief, and Jack Warsawsky, deputy bureau chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant DistrictAttorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney forMajor Crimes DanielA. Saunders. -CONTINUED FROM PG. 17- TIMES, THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 • 52 Bill Boosts Penalties For Crossing Guard Assaults Aims To Protect Those Protecting Children State Sen. Joseph Addabbo announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law to provide enhanced protections for crossing guards against assault and unsafe motorists. This legislation was introduced by State Sen. Jose Peralta, cosponsored by Addabbo and passed by both houses of the Legislature with bi-partisan support. “Crossing guards are valued public servants who protect our schoolchildren every day,” Addabbo said. “Unfortunately, the unsafe actions by some reckless motorists put these public employees in danger and that is simply unacceptable. Crossing guards deserve legal protections similar to those that safeguard New York’s paramedics and firefighters and should be treated with respect by the communities they serve.” Often crossing guards are subjected to physical and verbal threats and even violence in the course of protecting schoolchildren from being injured or killed by traffic. Those who threaten, menace, spit on, strike or insult crossing guards endanger them and the children they protect and have previously only faced minor consequences. Senate Bill S122B, sponsored by Peralta, includes assaulting an onduty school crossing guard in the crime of assault in the second degree, punishable by 2 to 7 years in jail. “Protections for school crossing guards increase their safety and the safety of the children whose lives they safeguard every day,” Addabbo concluded. “This is about protecting our kids and those who keep them safe. I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill and standing up for public safety.” Targeting Immigration Fraud New Americans English, assist them in the process of becoming naturalized U.S. citizens, provide free legal advice so they can start and grow businesses, as well as offer training to community based organizations so that they may offer immigration services. The Office for New Americans is the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country. “By empowering our communities through legitimate services, we not only provide needed assistance to a vulnerable population, we also create economic opportunities across the State that will eventually benefit every New Yorker,” New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales said. This law passed both houses of the legislature as S.6732-A and A.8947B, respectively. -CONTINUED FROM PG. 17- Honoring Immigration Agency Rep. Joe Crowley recently presented Congressional Citations to immigration advocacy group Ecuadorian International Center (EIC), and Queens-based immigration services provider Solution Docs for their help in securing a humanitarian parole for his constituent, 9/11 clean-up worker Martha Freire. “Martha Freire was there for our country during one of the most difficult times in our history, and I’m proud to see our Jackson Heights community come together for her now,” said Crowley. Freire lived in the U.S. under U nonimmigrant visa status. However, when Freire left the country for Ecuador in 2013 to attend the funeral of one of her daughters, she was not allowed to reenter the U.S. That’s when Freire contacted Solution Docs for help. The Queens-based business, which is located in Crowley’s district, agreed to help her file for humanitarian parole at no cost. Her application was subsequently approved based on the numerous medical conditions she developed as a result of her exposure to hazardous materials during the clean-up effort at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Crowley is pictured with members of EIC and Solution Docs, and Freire, third from right. Shop Locally! Support Your Neighborhood Merchants!
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