More School Crossing Guards: A Big Win for Keeping our Kids Safe

More School Crossing Guards: A Big Win for Keeping our Kids Safe

Statement of NYC Council Members Lander and Gibson Commending Mayor de Blasio’s $6.3 Million Increase for School Crossing Guards in FY18

January 24, 2017

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for including in the FY18 Preliminary Budget a $6.3 million increase to hire 100 new School Crossing Guard Supervisors, a newly established NYPD position, along with 200 new School Grossing Guards to cover the City’s existing vacant posts. 

Together with our City Council colleagues, we have been pushing for this increase & systemic approach to covering vacant posts for the past several years.

The NYPD plans to hire these new School Crossing Guards by June 2017 to be deployed by the fall, which will mark the first time that all of NYC’s vacant School Crossing Guard Posts will be covered.

These increased funds will help ensure the City achieves its Vision Zero goals to eliminate preventable deaths from traffic crashes and to keep NYC’s kids safe. The NYPD’s newly established Supervisor position will provide School Crossing Guards with a pathway for advancement and increased wages in their field. These Supervisors will also support the NYPD’s efforts to improve how it deploys School Crossing Guards and covers vacant posts – a challenge that NYPD police precincts face on a daily basis. We hope that with these increased funds, the NYPD will soon implement a more objective process for identifying new intersections in need of School Crossing Guards in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation and the NYC Department of Education, to ensure dangerous intersections near schools do not go ignored.

School Crossing Guards are some of New York City's most essential workers – performing the invaluable task of keeping our kids safe as they travel to school. We commend Mayor de Blasio for answering the Council's calls to invest in these invaluable public servants – and the families and children that they serve every day. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration on this critical work.” 

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