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Elected Officials, Advocates Demand Increased Funding for School Crossing Guards to Keep NYC’s Students Safe

Improved Working Conditions Necessary to Achieve City’s Vision Zero Goals and Safer Pre-K Expansion

NEW YORK—Today on the steps of City Hall, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Brad Lander, City Council Member and Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee Vanessa Gibson, along with parents, students, elected officials, and safe-streets advocates from across New York City called for a significant increase in funding for school crossing guards in the City’s FY 2016 budget.

The funds are necessary to expand the number of crossing guard positions, better target dangerous intersections, and improve working conditions. Crossing guard jobs pay poorly, are part-time, and only last 10 months per year, with workers furloughed in the summer months and forced to pay to continue their health care. As a result, the NYPD has a difficult time keeping positions filled, with hundreds of positions currently vacant.

These changes are needed to achieve the City’s Vision Zero goals to eliminate preventable deaths from traffic crashes, ensure a safer Pre-K expansion, and keep NYC’s kids safe. Read more…