Friday, August 14, 2015
Law in the works against panhandling with children
State officials are taking action on two fronts to stop a group of women from using babies to panhandle throughout Manhattan, following a series of I-Team reports that found they may be involved in a coordinated scheme to exploit their children.
To this point, the NYPD has insisted its hands are tied because panhandling with children on city streets is not illegal.
State Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein, a Democrat, has drafted a bill that would dust off some archaic language in New York State Cultural Affairs Law banning begging with babies and move it into the NY State Penal Law so that the NYPD can take action in these cases.