Starting in September, the West 80s and 90s will be a testing ground for the Department of Health, which plans to put a pebble-like material called Stalite in 30 tree pits.
Should the bill pass, students in 13 failing districts would apply for scholarship vouchers to offset the costs of attending private or parochial school.
The measure would establish a five-year pilot program granting tax credits to businesses that contribute toward education scholarships.
Fernando Mateo said livery drivers are the target of some 300 robberies and assaults each month. The pilot program is being launched in honor of cab driver Cesar Santo, who was fatally shot in June.