“I remember from my childhood days what the crossing guards did. I felt it was a group of people who go above and beyond every day for the most precious commodity that we have—our children,” Miller said. “These guys put themselves in the way of cars and stop traffic so that children can safely cross the street. I’ve seen them action a lot of times, even putting out their hands to stop rolling cars in some instances.”
A host of awards were issued, including an Assembly Citation for superior dedication to duty for crossing guard Lisa Aimi, who while on duty at an intersection near St. Pancras, provided vital details leading to the arrest of a suspect in the robbery of a CVS near her post.
Miller has been advocating for the Crossing Guard Safety Act, a bill drafted by Assemblyman Michael DenDekker that he co-sponsored last year, which is aimed at holding those who intentionally endanger crossing guards to face stiffer penalties.
Currently, Local 372 President Santos Crespo, Jr. is also working with the mayor’s office to push through raises for crossing guards across the city after eight years of inattention from the Bloomberg administration.
“We are very close to a contract,” Crespo said optimistically. “There will be some raises, some retroactively, and it should be completed by September at some point moving into October. They are moving a lot faster than we thought they would.”