Speed camera protest

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Protesters Demand Senate Vote To Extend Speed Camera Program

July 15, 2018 - 12:34 pm

EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Advocates are demanding New York State senators head back to Albany as the clock ticks away on the city's school zone speed cameras.

Members of Families for Safe Streets gathered in East Northport Sunday, to demand New York Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan call senators back to Albany to vote on a bill that would reauthorize speed cameras in front of city schools.

“There was overwhelming data from the pilot that shows the program is effective,” said advocate Amy Cohen. She joined the group after her son was hit and killed by a speeding car in 2013.

The state senate has 10 days to vote on the bill to expand the speed camera project. If they fail to do so, the speed cameras will be turned off on July 25, leaving many children attending summer school vulnerable.

Cohen accused Flanagan of holding the bill hostage to put other political priorities ahead of children’s safety.

“These cameras cannot be turned off on July 25. Children will die. They will have blood on their hands. They need to get back to work,” Cohen said.

Flanagan’s office did not immediately respond to WCBS 880’s request to comment.