2015-09-30 / Front Page

Grinding Halt For Predators


Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ legislation increasing the penalty for molesters on mass transit has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ legislation increasing the penalty for molesters on mass transit has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. On September 25, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ legislation to crack down on offenders who rub up against or ejaculate on another person on a bus, train or subway was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill, introduced in the Assembly by Simotas and in the Senate by state Senator Martin Golden, increases penalties for these crimes.

“I have been riding the subway my entire life and have seen my share of disgusting and objectionable behavior,” said Simotas. “The law must reflect that these crimes on public transportation are particularly egregious because riders are essentially captives of their attackers.”

“New York has zero tolerance for predators who seek to use crowded buses, subways and trains to commit depraved crimes of opportunity,” Cuomo said. “Those who commit these despicable acts will be caught and, with this new law, will face very real consequences.”

Currently, these offenses carry a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment or one year of probation for the first offense. Simotas’ legislation raises the maximum sentence for first-time offenders to one year imprisonment or three years’ probation.

“I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill,” said Simotas. “We have sent a strong message that our state’s public transportation systems belong to law abiding New Yorkers and not to sexual predators.”

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