NY Assemblywoman Pushes Bill To Make Sexual Harassment By Public Servants Punishable With Jail

A Manhattan Assemblywoman is seeking to create a first-in-the-nation bill that would increase the punishment for public servants convicted of sexual harassment.

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- A Manhattan Assemblywoman is seeking to create a first-in-the-nation-bill that would increase the punishment for public servants convicted of sexual harassment. This bill calls for lawmakers to receive up to a year in jail instead of fines and the possibility of losing their jobs. The bill is being introduced, as several women accused Governor Cuomo of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.

REBECCA SEAWRIGHT: This sends a clear message to public officials that we're being held to a higher standard, that we're creating stronger safeguards against sexual harassment.

- The bill would apply to all elected officials and public servants holding state, local, and municipal positions.