Kathy Hoshol signs ‘ALISA Law’ urging schools in New York to install silent panic alarms

Governor Cathy Hochhol signed a law Thursday requiring New York school districts to consider installing silent panic alarms to alert authorities directly during emergencies.

During a press conference, Hochul said the systems, which cost a few thousand dollars and can be accessed through a smartphone app, will allow schools to bypass 911 and confidentially communicate with law enforcement “so no time is wasted.”

“We’ve seen in Ovaldi, in Parkland — police response time is imperative to save lives,” she said, referring to the May 24 school shooting in Texas that killed 19 students and two teachers, and the proverb in Florida in 2018. Which left 17 people in the custody of God Almighty.

The legislation was named “Alyssa’s Law” after 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadev, who was one of the students killed during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The governor’s announcement came just moments after the Supreme Court overturned a century-old New York law restricting the carrying of concealed firearms.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochhol has signed an “ALISA law” that requires schools to consider installing silent panic alarms.
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The law is named after Alyssa Al-Hadef, who was killed in the Parkland shooting.
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Hushul hugs Teri Rubinowitz, Alyssa Alhadev’s grandmother.
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“I think history will judge us,” Hochul said. “Do we stand up with courage? Do we make the right decisions? Do we put other people’s lives first – a child’s right to survive in school versus someone’s right to bear arms?”

“I know where to get into that equation,” she added.

The governor signed the bill, which was passed by the state legislature last month, along with the Alhadev family, state and local officials. The United Federation of Teachers also gave its support for the legislation.

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Hushul embraces Linda Bigal and Michael Shulman, parents of Scott Shulman, the teacher who was killed in the Parkland shooting.
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Al-Hadef’s parents have been lobbying for the bill to be passed in New York for three years. The law is already on the books in Florida and New Jersey.

“Alyssa was our everything,” said Alyssa’s mother, purposeful Laurie. “The brilliant researcher, the talented soccer player who wore the number eight, a wonderful friend to everyone who knew her, the center of our family.”

“Alyssa and her memory are the core of this law. Students and educators in New York State will now benefit from your support for this legislation.”

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Alyssa’s purposeful parents have been fighting to pass the law in New York for three years.
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“Alyssa and her memory are at the heart of this act,” said Alyssa’s purposeful mother, Laurie al-Hadf.
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Hochhol said she believes “history will judge us.”
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Alhadev’s grandmother, Terry Rabinovich, told The Post that the family’s goal is to pass the law nationwide.

“I know from being with principals across Florida that this has saved lives, teachers, students, not an active shooter, but just medical emergencies as well,” Rabinowitz said.

“If we had something like that in Parkland, looking back, it would have saved [lives],” she added.

The New York City Department of Education did not respond to an immediate request for comment on how the legislation, which is not a mandate, would affect local schools.

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