Lawmakers push Gov. Hochul to sign Alyssa's Law to provide additional school safety
There's a push locally for Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign legislation that would provide another layer of safety for kids in school.
State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle from the Hudson Valley met at Nyack High School on Wednesday, calling on Hochul to sign Alyssa's law.
Once signed into law, it would require schools to install a silent panic alert system that would directly notify local law enforcement in case of an emergency like an active shooter.
The legislation is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 people killed in the 2018 Parkland school shooting. She was 14.
Alyssa's cousin, Jadyn Turner, a senior at Nyack High School, has been advocating for its passage in New York since the tragedy.
"Gov. Hochul, I ask you to sign Alyssa's Law and protect students and staff who go to school every day, and help ensure that every student has a chance to walk across the stage at graduation and come home from school each day," says Turner.
News 12 is told the governor is reviewing the legislation.
It's already law in New Jersey and Florida.
Local state lawmakers, including Democrats State Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, State Sen. Shelley Mayer, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and Republican Assemblyman Mike Lawler, are advocating for it to become law and were present Wednesday.