‘Leiby’s Law’ Would Create Havens For Lost Kids, Says Councilman

With Borough Park still reeling from the senseless murder of a chasidic child, and a small amount of finger-pointing emerging, politicians are turning from shock and outrage to action.

The neighborhood’s City Councilman, David Greenfield announced a bill Wednesday that aims to create shelters on every block in the five boroughs for lost kids.

The program would distribute bright-green ‘Safe Haven’ stickers to participating businesses or homes where owners could call the police while providing shelter for the child.

“I haven’t been able to sleep since the terrible tragedy that befell Leiby Kletzky,” said Greenfield. “This bill is a simple and low-cost way to create safe havens for children across New York City. What’s more, store-owners and residents who participate will send a clear message that they care about New York’s children.”

The bill would create some bureaucracy for the sake of due diligence: Volunteers would undergo a basic background check to verify that their establishments or homes are actually safer than the street.

“Residents of New York City need peace of mind. Leiby’s Law would provide a better option for children than simply asking strangers for directions,” said Greenfield.

Mayor MIchael Bloomberg’s spokesman, Stu Loeser, said the administration does not comment on bills before they are debated by the Council.



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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.