Cuomo offers support in last-minute push to save speed cameras
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently came to Dyker Heights to implore the state Senate to return to Albany and vote on a bill to keep speed cameras operating in New York City school zones, is mounting a last-minute push for the legislation with the July 25 deadline staring him in the face.
“It is beyond the pale that Republicans in the state Senate refuse to support speed cameras in the face of overwhelming evidence that this technology saves lives,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The Senate Republicans are putting politics over the lives of children. The Assembly has passed the bill and the Senate Democrats support it. Now it’s up to Senate Republicans to decide whether young people live or die.”
Speed cameras were installed in 140 locations in New York under a pilot program approved by the state Legislature in 2013. The pilot program, which was meant to last for five years, expires on July 25. If the senate does not take action, the cameras will be turned off.
The speed camera bill has the support of Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, transportation safety advocates and numerous lawmakers from Brooklyn and Queens. State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), who was the target of numerous protest demonstrations over the past several weeks, recently announced that he would like to see Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan call the senate into session to take a vote. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) sponsored a bill to increase the number of speed cameras in school zones from 140 to 290.