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Queens Legislators Promote Bill Designed to Protect School Crossing Guards

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Two Queens legislators want the governor to sign a bill that they say would protect school crossing guards and fill jobs.

The legislation would make it a felony to assault a crossing guard.

That would give them the same legal protections as police, Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers and many other city employees.

Elected officials and union leaders say the law would make people want to apply for the job.

"We also have a lot of vacancies currently that need to be filled," said Assemblyman Michael DenDekker of Queens. "And the way we're going to attract new people to come into these positions is to show them that we stand behind our crossing guards."

"This is a job, by the way, that although it may be thankless on one end, but in the end, when you save the life of a child, it's very rewarding," said Santos Crespo, president of Local 372.

Right now, assaulting a crossing guard carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail. If signed, the bill would increase that to seven years.

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