State Senate Majority Leader Fires Back After Being Blamed For Shutting Off Speed Cameras

July 28, 2018 - 12:21 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The state Senate majority leader is firing back after being blamed for not extending the city's speed camera program.

John Flanagan said “while they are holding press conferences and assigning blame, nobody has picked up the phone to have discussions in any meaningful way.”

Flanagan says the Senate Republican majority is willing to approve an extension but he'd like to see a more comprehensive safety plan.

He also blasted the Democrat-led assembly for ending the legislative session without passing local tax extenders for four counties Upstate.

Though, some Democratic leaders are disagreeing.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie even tweeted saying, “Assembly Democrats are not willing to allow speed cameras to be bartered for the Republican Senate’s political agenda.”

Heastie explained there was an omnibus bill which includes speed cameras for New York City and Buffalo, and the tax extenders. He urged the Senate to return to Albany and vote to pass it.

Speed cameras in school zones were turned off on Wednesday.