ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Four state lawmakers are proposing that all police cars in New York state be retrofitted with bullet-proof glass after two New York City officers were gunned down in their car.
The bill is being drafted by Assembly members Jim Tedisco and Nicole Malliotakis and senators Phil Boyle and Marty Golden, all Republicans. According to a news release Sunday, the legislation to be introduced in the next session would have the bullet-proof glass installed over a phased-in period, starting with the New York Police Department.
“I think we as a government, we as a community, we as a group of citizens, New Yorkers and Americans have to do everything we can do in our power to make them safer,” Tedisco told 1010 WINS. “We’re not suggesting this is going to save every law enforcement’s life or stop them from injury but it’s another way to make them safer.”
The lawmakers are calling for part of the $5.1 billion state surplus to be used to pay for the retrofit.
The legislators don’t include a cost estimate. Texas Armoring Corp. of San Antonio says it charges $55,000 and up, depending on level of bullet-proof protection.
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