ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says people who repeatedly commit sexual crimes on New York City's subways should be prohibited from using the transit service.
The Democrat told reporters Tuesday that he would support banning anyone who is twice convicted of groping, inappropriate touching or other lewd acts on the subway.
“If you are convicted of two sexual offenses on the subway system where groping, touching, grinding is a major problem, and recidivism is a major problem, I fully support saying after the second conviction you’re banned from going back to the subway,” Governor Cuomo said.
The governor weighed in after New York City Councilman Chris Deutsch proposed a lifetime ban as a way to reduce sex crimes on the subway.
“You have people who target victims in the subways. And that’s where they go. Many people, crowded areas, certain techniques and that’s where they go,” the governor added.
The NYPD supports the ban.
“We have individuals that literally since the 1980s have been committing sexual offenses on the trains,” Chief Dermot Shea explained.
Details of the ban would have to be worked out and approved by state lawmakers in Albany.
Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Diane Savino, of Staten Island, is proposing harsher penalties for subway sex crimes, including up to seven years in jail.
None of the measures have been scheduled for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.