Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation designed to help protect two different types of public workers.
The governor approved two bills that make it a felony to assault either city Housing Authority employees or school crossing guards.
Before the laws, the assaults were considered misdemeanors. Now, they come with a possible jail sentence of one year or more.
This gives NYCHA employees and crossing guards the same protections as the New York City Police Department and Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers.
The bills were approved earlier this year by the state Senate and Assembly.