Comptroller Scott Stringer Calls For NYC Speed Camera Renewal

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Democrats Blame State Senate GOP As NYC Speed Cameras Remain Dark

August 21, 2018 - 2:50 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Democrats continue to blame Republican leadership in the New York state Senate for failing to extend the school zone speed camera program.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported Tuesday, 120 cameras have been dark since July 25, with another set of 20 set to be shut off Aug. 31.

The state Assembly is on board with a renewal, and even state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn), who took heat for not supporting it, called for a special session earlier in the summer to get it passed.

Yet two weeks before city schools open, the speed cameras are still dark – and the bill to turn them back on still sits in committee.

Paul Steely White, head of Transportation Alternatives, said lawmakers are ignoring factual evidence that speed cameras save lives.

“So really, it’s the leadership. It’s Marty Golden, and it’s (Senate Majority Leader John) Flanagan who are preventing this bill from even coming to a vote,” White said. “So hopefully the action of the kids and the parents will change that.”

City Comptroller Scott Stringer launched a petition, which he is urging everyone to sign to get the state Senate to renew the program before school starts Sept. 5.

Republicans are outspoken on the issue as well, saying Democrats are failing to envision a larger and more comprehensive safety plan.

WCBS 880 has reached out to Majority Leader Flanagan and has not heard back.