New York – Councilman David G. Greenfield is urging parents of yeshiva children to call Mayor Bill de Blasio today and demand for the passage of his non-public school security bill. Greenfield’s law, Introduction 65, would guarantee every yeshiva a security guard to protect children at the yeshiva’s request. The bill would only cost $39 million for protection of 257,000 non-public school children whose private schooling saves the city over $5 billion a year. The New York City budget may be resolved as early as today, so Greenfield is asking parents to call the Mayor today at 212-788-3678 and say “I am calling to ask Mayor de Blasio to support Councilman Greenfield’s law to providing security for children in religious schools.” Every call to the Mayor’s office makes a difference, Greenfield explained.
“As the budget season comes to an end, it is crucial that the funding for school security officers be included in the Mayor’s final budget. Otherwise, we will have to go through the much slower legislative process,” explained Councilman David Greenfield. “That is why I’m asking parents to help the New York City Council advocate for school security by calling the Mayor today. Every single public school child has security. Religious school children deserves the same. After all, religious bias crimes are up significantly this year. The Mayor shouldn’t be playing favorites with our children’s security,” said Councilman Greenfield.
Councilman Greenfield’s bill has received overwhelming support from the religious community and a super majority of the Council. Major Jewish groups including the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel of America, the UJA Federation and the Sephardic Community Federation all support the legislation. As of today, 45 out of 50 Council Members have signed onto Greenfield’s bill. The bill has received additional support from Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the Catholic Community Relations Council, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, the Archdiocese of New York, the Muslim Community Network, the Islamic Schools Association of New York and the NYS Association of Independent Schools.