Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Leiby's Law Would Create 'Safe Haven' for Distressed Kids
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Following the abduction and killing of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy last week, Borough Park City Councilmember David Greenfield has proposed legislation to create so-called safe havens for kids to seek refuge.
The proposal would designate pre-approved stores or residences as "Safe Havens" and mark them with green window stickers. Owners — who, along with employees, would undergo background checks — would be instructed to call the police while providing shelter for a lost or otherwise distressed child.
Greenfield said he's still working out the details about which city agency would administer the proposed system, but plans to introduce the bill when the council reconvenes after its summer recess.
The announcement came Wednesday as the city medical examiner ruled Leiby Kletzky's death as a homicide, saying the child was given four drugs before he was smothered to death.
Accused killer Levi Aron, 35, has been in custody since July 13. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping.