BILL NO A06971
SAME AS S04699
COSPNSR Markey, DenDekker, Zebrowski, Miller, Schimminger, Goldfeder
MLTSPNSR Colton, Graf, Lavine, Malliotakis, Montesano, Saladino
Amd S140.50, CP L
Relates to adding Triborough bridge and tunnel authority peace officers to
those able to conduct temporary questioning of persons.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6971
SPONSOR: Cusick (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the criminal procedure law, in
relation to adding Triborough bridge and tunnel authority peace officers
to those able to conduct temporary questioning of persons
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To enhance the role of the peace
officers employed by the TBTA in or about facilities operated by the
TBTA by including the TBTA's officers in the provision of the criminal
procedure law which permits certain peace officers to stop and frisk to
afford better protection to citizens.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends section 140.50 of the Criminal
JUSTIFICATION: The State has seen an increased need for public securi-
ty since the unwarranted attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
Currently, officers of the TBTA are charged with protecting those bridg-
es and tunnels in and around New York City under TBTA control. However
they are not entitled to question or frisk suspects in accordance with
the Criminal Procedure Law. Sergeants, lieutenants and other officers of
the TBTA are highly trained peace officers. This bill will enhance
their capacity to protect citizens who travel the bridges and tunnels by
permitting the TBTA officers to stop and question, and if necessary,
frisk persons who are acting in a suspicious manner. The Bridge and
Tunnel sergeants, lieutenants and other officers are most familiar with
the patrons who travel these vital arteries every day. With this famili-
arity they are most capable of spotting unusual behavior which could
lead to the mass destruction of our bridges and tunnels. To deny these
officers the ability to question and frisk suspicious people, puts the
public at risk.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2003: A7023 - Rules; 2004: A7023 - Codes;
2005-2006 A.7399 - Codes; 2007-2008 A.6683 - Codes; 2009-2010: A.5111-A
- Codes; 2011-2012:A.4304 - Codes; 2013-2014: A.4715 - Codes.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: December 1, after signing.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
April 15, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. CUSICK, MARKEY, DenDEKKER, ZEBROWSKI, MILLER,
SCHIMMINGER, GOLDFEDER -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON, GRAF,
LAVINE, MALLIOTAKIS, MONTESANO, SALADINO -- read once and referred to
the Committee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to adding
Triborough bridge and tunnel authority peace officers to those able to
conduct temporary questioning of persons
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 140.50 of the criminal procedure law, as amended by
2 chapter 911 of the laws of 1972, subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 714
3 of the laws of 1973, subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 237 of the laws
4 of 1985 and subdivision 4 as added by chapter 176 of the laws of 2010,
5 is amended to read as follows:
6 § 140.50 Temporary questioning of persons in public places; search for
8 1. In addition to the authority provided by this article for making an
9 arrest without a warrant, a police officer may stop a person in a public
10 place located within the geographical area of such officer's employment
11 when [he] such police officer reasonably suspects that such person is
12 committing, has committed or is about to commit either (a) a felony or
13 (b) a misdemeanor defined in the penal law, and may demand [of him his]
14 such person's name, address and an explanation of his or her conduct.
15 2. Any person who is a peace officer and who provides security
16 services for any court of the unified court system may stop a person in
17 or about the courthouse to which [he] such peace officer is assigned
18 when [he] such peace officer reasonably suspects that such person is
19 committing, has committed or is about to commit either (a) a felony or
20 (b) a misdemeanor defined in the penal law, and may demand [of him his]
21 such person's name, address and an explanation of his or her conduct.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 3. Any person who is a peace officer and enforces all provisions of
2 law in and about the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority facilities,
3 may stop a person in or about such facilities to which such peace offi-
4 cer is assigned when such peace officer reasonably suspects that such
5 person is committing, has committed or is about to commit either (a) a
6 felony or (b) a misdemeanor defined in the penal law, and may demand
7 such person's name, address and an explanation of his or her conduct.
8 4. When upon stopping a person under circumstances prescribed in
9 subdivisions one [and], two, and three, a police officer [or], court
10 officer, or peace officer employed by the Triborough bridge and tunnel
11 authority as the case may be, reasonably suspects that [he] such officer
12 is in danger of physical injury, he or she may search such person for a
13 deadly weapon or any instrument, article or substance readily capable of
14 causing serious physical injury and of a sort not ordinarily carried in
15 public places by law-abiding persons. If [he] such officer finds [such]
16 a weapon or instrument, or any other property possession of which he or
17 she reasonably believes may constitute the commission of a crime, he or
18 she may take it and keep it until the completion of the questioning, at
19 which time he or she shall either return it, if lawfully possessed, or
20 arrest such person.
21 [4.] 5. In cities with a population of one million or more, informa-
22 tion that establishes the personal identity of an individual who has
23 been stopped, questioned and/or frisked by a police officer or peace
24 officer, such as the name, address or social security number of such
25 person, shall not be recorded in a computerized or electronic database
26 if that individual is released without further legal action; provided,
27 however, that this subdivision shall not prohibit police officers or
28 peace officers from including in a computerized or electronic database
29 generic characteristics of an individual, such as race and gender, who
30 has been stopped, questioned and/or frisked by a police officer or peace
32 § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of December next succeed-
33 ing the date on which it shall have become a law.