Mayor Bill de Blasio On Speed Cameras

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De Blasio Makes Final Push Calling For State Senate To Renew Speed Cameras

July 24, 2018 - 5:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Late Tuesday afternoon began the final day that New York City could operate its school zone speed cameras.

But as WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, city leaders are not giving up the fight.

“It’s important to be in a school at this moment, as something’s about to happen that really does not make sense to anyone,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a school on Staten Island.

De Blasio is again urging the state Senate to head back to Albany to renew the city’s speed camera program. Right now, there are 120 cameras placed around city school zones that will go dark at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t mind it if there wasn’t evidence, but there is,” de Blasio said. “Where the speed cameras are placed by schools, speeding has gone down 60 percent.”

The mayor maintains the only people who should fear speed cameras are people who speed.

Proponents have accused state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) of using the bill as a bargaining chip to get other legislative priorities done.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also supports a renewal, and he can force senators to return for a special session. But so far, he has showed no interest in doing so.