OLEAN, NY -- A bill recently signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo places greater consequences on those who hinder the work of the legal system by threatening or attacking process servers, according to a press release from Sen. Catherine M. Young, who sponsored the bill.

Young, an Olean resident representing State Senate District 57, said the bill will allow process servers to do their jobs in the best way possible.

“Unfortunately, incidents of process servers being physically assaulted have been on the rise in recent years,” Young said. “This new protection will elevate the repercussions for those who harm process servers, keeping them safer while they perform their duties. I thank my colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Cuomo for supporting this important new public protection measure.”

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The State of New York defines a process server as “a person engaged in the business of serving or one who purports to serve or one who serves personally or by substituted service upon any person, corporation, governmental or political subdivision or agency, a summons, subpoena, notice, citation or other process, directing an appearance or response to a legal action, legal proceeding or administrative proceedings.”

Three other states also have enacted bills to keep process servers safe: California, Illinois and Florida.