New York has updated its Assault 2 law to include a new class of worker: Sanitation. This means that an assault on a sanitation worker, bus driver, etc. is an automatic felony. An assault on a regular “civilian” is still an assault 3, and thus an A misdemeanor. While I do not condone assaults on sanitation workers, creating special classes of people is a dangerous slippery slope.
Of course, one group of New York State and New York City employees missing from the list of “special” groups in the Assault 2 statute? Assistant District Attorneys. Assaulting them is still just a misdemeanor. I always had that in the back of my mind when I worked night duty at the DA’s Office.