New laws proposed to keep kids safe

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It has been one month since 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was killed only blocks from his Brooklyn home and politicians are proposing at least three bills to try to make sure another child never faces the same fate.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind wants to give a $500 tax credit to businesses that install security cameras. Cameras helped police track Kletzky’s alleged killer, Levi Aron.?The boy can be seen on a store security tape getting into Aron’s car, police say.

Hikind’s spokeswoman Allison Witty said their office recently met with a security company to find out what neighborhood establishments, including houses and churches, should have cameras. They are also examining whether there is funding for grants, so that small businesses don’t need to foot the bill.

Additionally, Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Golden introduced the “Protect Our Children” Act, which would create the charge of aggravated murder of a child — a new crime that would bring a sentence of life without parole.

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