Assemblymember Jeffrion L. Aubry: Sedrick’s Law Will Improve Safety on Subway Platforms

“As crime rates increase nationwide, the New York City subway system has not been immune to this trend. All types of crime – violent and nonviolent – have increased markedly[1] and it’s critical that we take steps to protect riders. A safe, functioning subway system is essential for New York City’s success, which is why I helped pass Sedrick’s Law (A.7016-B). This legislation requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to install and maintain surveillance cameras at all subway stations and in places where there is limited visibility.

“The bill is named in memory of Sedrick Simon, a 36-year-old New Yorker who was struck and killed by a subway train in December 2019. Police do not know whether Mr. Simon’s death was accidental, intentional or criminal because cameras failed to capture the incident. Mr. Simon and his family deserved better – we all deserve better. By ensuring all subway platforms have adequate surveillance systems, we are taking proactive action to deter crime and protect riders.”