Gov. Andrew Cuomo desires to greater than double the variety of school-zone speed cameras town’s allowed to function, however we’re with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson: It’s not enough.
Especially for the reason that gov’s price range plan would solely OK a four-year “demonstration program.” Huh? They’re already confirmed to work.
Last 12 months, the invoice to resume the previous “experimental” program bought killed within the state Senate by Brooklyn’s Simcha Felder and Marty Golden. It expired June 30 — besides that Cuomo declared a state of emergency to reinstate it.
But voters retired Golden whereas handing the Senate to the Democrats, and left Felder with zero energy. The Legislature ought to now be completely happy to do what’s proper.
From 2014 to 2018, the 140 cameras led to 5 million tickets to drivers, together with Golden. Streetsblog reviews that this system writes 10 instances as many rushing tickets as all of the NYPD’s officers.
It’s a confirmed deterrent: In its first two years, rushing fell by 63 p.c in zones with the cameras. And solely 17 p.c of drivers get a second ticket.
The mayor has endorsed Cuomo’s proposal, however Johnson is doubtful, and rightly so: Why not a everlasting authorization that offers the City Council the fitting to OK as many school-zone cameras because it sees match?
The security of schoolchildren shouldn’t be put liable to a return of Albany’s legendary dysfunction. Surely a Democratic Legislature may give town this a lot dwelling rule.