New York City Lawmakers Push For Leiby’s Law

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City lawmakers are introducing legislation to create safe places for children who need help.

Lawmakers gathered Wednesday outside the place where 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was last seen alive and pledged to make a change.

Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield introduced Leiby’s Law, named after the Borough Park boy who sought the help of Levi Aron — who is accused of killing and dismembering the boy — after getting lost.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Keeping The City’s Children Safe

Businesses would voluntarily participate in a safe haven program under the bill. Their employees would undergo voluntary background checks and business owners would put a green safe haven sticker in their store windows so children know it’s a safe place to get help.

Some people say while Leiby’s Law is good in theory, they fear there may not be a way to truly keep children safe from predators.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: The Law Would Create Thousands Of Safe Havens

While the community takes action, prosecutors are as well.

A murder indictment is expected to be filed against Aron Wednesday after the medical examiner’s report — detailing Kletzky’s cause of death — was released.

According to the autopsy report, the boy was intoxicated from the combined effects of a muscle relaxant, anti-psychotic drugs, pain medication and Tylenol followed by smothering.

A prayer service for Kletzky will be held in Brooklyn Wednesday night. Rabbis from across the world are expected to attend.

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  1. cygon says:

    my parent always said that young children need one on one guarding; that when you have young children, you never take your eyes off them. for about 12 years. sometimes, that is not even a guarantee. Young Jacob Wetterling was abducted by as stranger while biking with 2 friends 2 1/2 decades ago and was never found.

  2. p8nt says:

    Politicians taking the limelight to get votes, lets all cheer!!!! I agree wholeheartedly that the parents should be held accountable also. I don’t care if you have a full time job or 2. If you are not going to be responsible to look after your kids, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A PARENT!! There’s too many stories with children being kidnapped or getting hurt, because their PARENT(S) DID NOT HAVE TIME FOR THEM! This “law” is a huge joke, and so are the politicians behind it.

  3. Mike E. says:

    Sound like the old “Child Shield Home” program from long ago.

  4. Gregory says:

    Parents or guardians should always be with their children under 12; never should these children be left alone on any steets, anywhere. The Fact is that one never knows about people. Never trust to random chance or luck. In addition, children 12 – 18 need varying degees of supervision. Better to be a pain in the ass than have a pain in the heart.

    1. Toni says:

      Well said Gregory!

  5. Tomy says:

    howabout pressiong charges on parents who dont acoompany their kids home if they are minors…..

    like this kids FAMILY…dont let this kids parents get away with murder

    press charges at once

    1. Bridget says:

      I think your comment is a little ridiculous. By your theory, there would be a lot of parents in jail. Kids need to be taught stranger danger. They should be taught not to talk to strangers and where to go if they get lost and to never get in anyones car

      1. TC says:

        So you mean to tell me that the mother didn’t go pick him up, and apparently nor did she teach him not to go with strangers….. obviously. And you say Tomy’s comment is ridiculous Bridget? Does the words Parental neglect come into your mind at some point?

    2. Toni Carroll says:

      THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME!

      1. Toni says:

        i meant to say THANK YOU TOMY! THANK YOU! I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME WHO THOUGHT P-A-R-E-N-T-S WERE THE ONES WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR UNDERAGE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!

  6. Rick says:

    We don’t need anymore laws we need less perverts! There is no law that would have prevent this tragedy. Maybe a public execution where we subject this low life to the same treatment he administrated to Leiby would work?

  7. jtorres says:

    While it’s a good idea in theory and should be put into practice, the children have to be taught as well. Predetors and pedophiles are everywhere and most of the time, they are harmless-looking, like Levi Aron. That’s how they get close enough to their victims. Any kid would run screaming from someone scary-looking. They need to know where these safe havens are and how police stations, firehouses and even hospitals can be safe havens.

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