School Kids, Councilmembers Rally for Passage of Greenfield’s Security Bill

by Jacob Kornbluh

May 27, 2015

Hundreds of parents and children from Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and other non-public schools gathered Wednesday noon on the steps of City Hall to call for the passage of of Intro 65, known as the non-public schools (Yeshiva) security bill, introduced and aggressively pushed by Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield.

The bill, pending a  City Council vote and approval by the mayor, would assign uniformed NYPD School Safety Agents to all non-public schools, just as every public school in the City of New York receives. The funding proposed for this bill is estimated at the maximum of $50 million.

Flanked by a dozen of City Council members, out of 46 co-sponsors, the children, parents and diverse community leaders, Councilmember Greenfield declared, “When it comes to the safety of our children, it doesn’t matter what their religious beliefs are or whether they go to public or non-public schools. The reality is that there is a need for public safety for our children.”

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