By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A bill introduced by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) to increase jail time for suspects caught selling drugs in playgrounds passed its first hurdle when the state senate voted to approve the legislation on May 22.
Current New York State law penalizes people who sell drugs on school grounds or in day-care centers. Golden’s bill expands that to include playgrounds and parks.
Golden said his bill, S.2173A, is aimed at providing additional protections for kids and families from the dangers of people who prey on children.
“People who try to take advantage of our children should be dealt harsher penalties,” Golden, a retired New York City police officer, said.
“We need to protect kids from the dangers of drug dealers, especially in places where they’re supposed to be safe – schools, parks, and playgrounds. This legislation expands on the work we have done in the past to protect kids from these predators in their schools and will hopefully make playgrounds and parks totally off limits to drug dealers,” he said.
Drug dealers who target children are especially dangerous to society and should be subjected to stiffer penalties for selling or trying to sell drugs to children, according to Golden, who called the bill “the next step” in targeting drug dealers who lurk in parks and playgrounds in an effort to take advantage of children.
The bill has been sent to the state assembly for its consideration