On August 12, 2009, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Chairman of the Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety, spoke at the CWA Local 1182 testimonial tribute for deceased Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Agents. The tribute was held at Eastwood Manor in the Bronx. Included in the evening of remembrance was a tribute to Traffic Agent Donnette Sanz, who was killed while on a traffic assignment on August 14, 2008. The 33-year-old traffic agent was crossing an intersection in the Bronx when a van pushed her into a bus. The incident illustrates the hazards faced by New York City Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Officers.
Assemblyman Lancman pledged to work on behalf of Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Officers who risk their lives every day to keep New Yorkers safe. Each day Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Officers go to work and perform dangerous and often thankless jobs. Unlike most New Yorkers, Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Officers can never be certain that when they leave for work in the morning, they will return home in the evening safe and sound. Donnette Sanz worked hard on behalf of the City of New York and her service will not be forgotten.