**Editors Note: Letter to Speaker Heastie Attached
In response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has written a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) requesting an additional $50,000 be included in this years state budget for every school in the state to hire armed school resource officers.
I hereby request that you provide an additional $50,000 a year toward the cost per armed school resource officer for every New York State school in this years budget, Hawley wrote.
Hawley is also requesting that the salary cap for retired police officer serving as school resource officers be raised from $30,000 to $50,000 per year. This is in addition to his proposal to recruit veterans and retired law enforcement to bolster security at schools.
A mother in my district actually purchased a bullet proof vest for her 16-year-old son subsequent to a shooter threat in his high school. How incredibly heartbreaking it has come to this! said Hawley in the letter I vehemently urge that you seriously consider these measures and any other that you feel will create an environment that is safe and secure for our most cherished and vulnerable constituents, our children.