'Enough is enough:' Cuomo proposes banning sex offenders from MTA

Elise Czajkowski
January 07, 2020 - 3:57 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to ban repeat and high-risk sex offenders from the MTA transit system, he announced Tuesday. 

He will announce the proposal during his State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon.

In March, Cuomo first came out in favor of banning sex offenders from the subway. The NYPD said it supported such a ban. 

The proposal would authorize the MTA to prohibit anyone who has committed multiple sex-related violations of the MTA's code of conduct, or who are "high-risk sex offenders" from using MTA subways, buses and rail for three years.

"MTA riders deserve to feel safe, and we have an obligation to ensure they will not be targeted by sex offenders," Cuomo said in a statement. "Enough is enough. If we want our public transit system to improve, we need balance between someone's right to access public transit and the riders' right to safety, which is why I am proposing a three-year ban from the MTA transit systems as a penalty for individuals who repeatedly engage in this abhorrent behavior."

The proposal also allows judges to issue a ban on the subway for someone convicted of a "transit-related sex crime," and to issue a temporary prohibition as a condition of pre-trial release for those accused of a transit sex crime.

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