Griffo wants officer harassment to be a felony

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo R-47, Rome, hopes the Assembly and governor support legislation recently passed in the Senate that would make it a crime to physically harass police officers.

Under his proposal, New York’s penal law would be amended to create the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer, a Class E felony. This is the second consecutive year that the bill has made it through the Senate.

"The bill is now before the Assembly, where Assemblyman William D. Magee, D-111, Nelson, is the sponsor of its companion legislation.

Griffo’s measure is a felony, which means any new sentence would run consecutively with any current sentence. If it was only a misdemeanor or violation — like current laws of harassment in the first and second degrees — any new sentence would run concurrently with the current sentence.