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State Legislature Adjourns 2018 Session Without Deal On Speed Cameras In NYC School Zones

June 21, 2018 - 9:39 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- The gavel has dropped in Albany.

The Senate and Assembly ended their 2018 session without renewing a program for speed cameras around New York City schools.

Albany's inaction spells doom for 140 cameras across the five boroughs. The cameras will have to come down.

“The failure to preserve and expand life-saving speed cameras near New York City schools represents a massive failure of leadership," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "Kids will be in danger. Kids will lose their lives. The State Assembly majority has shown the way with their expansion bill. Senate Republicans haven't done their job until they pass the bill, which has majority support. Our families now need the Governor to do all he can to aid its passage and sign it into law. The Senate must return next week to keep our children safe.”

Democrats in the New York state Senate wanted to expand the number of school speed cameras allowed in the city from 140 to 290 and lift a cap on the times in which the cameras can operate. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who has sided with Republicans, had his own bill that would maintain the existing number of cameras and use ticket money to pay for police to be posted outside schools.

Measures to overhaul teacher evaluations and boost school security also failed to cross the finish line at the Capitol.

The session's final day was much like the preceding six months. Lawmakers proposed, but did not act, on bills to authorize sports gambling, eliminate cash bail for most offenses and address Albany's chronic corruption problem.
 
Lawmakers aren't scheduled to reconvene until January, after a new Legislature is elected this November.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)