A number of New York Lawmakers gathered on the stairs inside the state capitol building yesterday calling for the passage of Gabby’s Law in order to establish a “Teal Alert” system for missing adults who are believed to be in danger.
The proposed bill is a response to the death of Gabby Petito from Long Island, who was murdered by her then boyfriend during a cross-country trip in 2021. A Teal Alert would be similar to the current Amber and Silver alerts and would ensure information on the missing person is put out to the public quickly.
“The story of Gabby Petito is a heartbreaking tragedy, and it is our responsibility to take steps to ensure those missing and believed to be in danger are found before they are harmed,” NYS Assemblyman John Lemondes said. “Public safety remains one of our top priorities and we are calling on legislative leaders to bring this bill to the floor for a vote before session adjourns for the year.”