Assemblymember DenDekker Issues Statement Concerning Legislation to Protect New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Employees

January 10, 2012

Assemblymember Michael DenDekker (D/WFP-Queens) today issued the following statement in connection with Assembly Bill A.6062, which would make assault on a DSNY employee a class C felony:

“As a former sanitation worker and supervisor of the New York City Department of Sanitation, I know firsthand how dangerous the job can be. Many annoyed motorists have threatened or assaulted workers in the past for simple performing their duties such as household collection or snow removal operations. For too long the professional performance of our DSNY workers and supervisors has been negatively impacted by the threat of assault by residents. This legislation will better protect our Sanitation workforce and should act as a deterrent to those who do not appreciate the backbreaking daily work they perform in all kinds of weather to keep our City clean and healthier.”