NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new state law will make it a felony to assault a New York City sanitation worker.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Friday. It takes effect 30 days later.

The bill’s sponsors said the city’s trash workers face potential harassment for just doing their jobs. Lawmakers said some sanitation workers have been assaulted while on the job.
The measure is intended to deter that with stiffer penalties.

It gives sanitation workers the same protection as police officers, firefighters, traffic enforcement and emergency medical personnel.

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