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Mayor On Board With Proposal To Ban Sex Offenders From Subways

March 20, 2019 - 3:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to ban people who repeatedly commit sexual crimes on public transportation from using the transit service.

Cuomo told reporters on Tuesday that he would support banning anyone who is twice convicted of groping, inappropriate touching or other lewd acts on the subway.

"You have people who target victims in the subways and that's where they go,” Cuomo said. “We have sexual predators who get locked up and get released and then we say, common sense, we don't want them locating near a school, near areas where they have in the past targeted victims.”

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch first suggested the proposal and Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday that he’s also considered the idea.

“I've spoken to the police commissioner about this before. We are both interested in legislation that will help us do more to go at these predators and get them off the subways, so we believe legislation would be very, very helpful and we are engaging with folks in Albany to see if we can get that done,” de Blasio told reporters.

But, the mayor never said he supports a ban and asked whether he might have civil rights concerns he said, “This is why we have a legislative process to think about all of the ramifications.”