Golden talks congestion pricing, speed cameras
As state budget negotiations intensified in Albany ahead of an April 1 deadline, an influential Brooklyn state senator said he is in favor, at least in principle, of a proposal to institute a congestion pricing plan to get vehicles off clogged Midtown Manhattan streets and another idea that would double the number of speed cameras outside of New York City schools.
But state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), the only Republican state senator representing a Brooklyn district, said his support is contingent on getting certain provisions into both bills.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is leading an effort to convince the state Legislature to allow the city to install speed cameras in more school zones around the five boroughs to catch potentially dangerous motorists who drive at high rates of speed on city streets located near schools.
One proposal that appears to be gaining momentum would allow the city to double the number of speed cameras outside schools from the current total, 140, to 280.