Speed camera advocates use public opinion to sway State Senate
Speed camera proponents have tried everything to convince the state Legislature to allow New York City to keep the picture-taking devices operating past the July 25 deadline when they are due to be turned off. Advocates have held vigils and protest demonstrations outside the office of influential Republican state Sen. Martin Golden in Bay Ridge. They have also protested outside P.S. 215 in Gravesend and held a press conference in the Narrows Senior Center in Bensonhurst.
Now transportation safety advocates have another weapon.
They are using public opinion polls in the hopes of swaying the Republican-controlled State Senate, which ended its legislative session last month, to return to Albany for an emergency session to vote on a speed camera bill. The Democratic-dominated state Assembly already passed a bill.
Transportation Alternatives, one of the groups leading the fight, is pointing to a new survey from Public Policy Polling which showed that 84 percent of New York voter support speed camera enforcement. The figure includes 77 percent of people who want the program expanded beyond the 140 cameras currently on city streets.