Albany agrees to keep NYC speed cameras running 24/7

State legislatures entered into an agreement that would extend and expand New York City’s speed camera program by three years — including the 24-hour operational period.

“We have reached an agreement to extend the speed camera program and expand the opening hours to 24/7,” said Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn), who will be the sponsor of the new bill with Rep. Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan). in the lower chamber.

The deal is said to include a three-year extension of the program – which currently expires on June 30 – and allow the city’s Department of Transportation to place thousands of speed cameras near schools.

After three years, the city would have to appeal to Albany again.

It’s a partial victory for Mayor Eric Adams, who had sought an even larger expansion of the program to give the Big Apple full control of the cameras, but those efforts ultimately failed to garner widespread support. He has also requested control and 24/7 operation of red light cameras, but they are not included in this deal.

The cameras, set up in 750 school zones, have been shown to reduce the speed of drivers but are severely limited when they can operate.

Under the current program, cameras must be turned off from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Albany lawmakers must pass legislation allowing their use.

Andrew Gounardes, South Brooklyn State Senator.
State Senator Andrew Gounardes sponsored legislation to extend the speed camera program for another three years.
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Sources said the deal is likely to come before the scheduled end of the state legislative session on June 2.

However, the new plan would need to be approved by the city council, which is currently divided on the issue. The city council is aiming to hold a previously unscheduled meeting next week to meet the June 2 deadline and pass a house rules resolution, sources said.

Members of the Democratic City Council squabbled earlier this week over several measures — including increased penalties for speeding drivers, where revenue from the fines will go, and complaints that the city’s Department of Transportation isn’t responding to neighborhood requests — but the measure will likely have enough votes to clear the chamber, people with knowledge told The Post.

Councilor Robert Holden speaks at an event.
Councilman Bob Holden said the DOT is a terrible, terrible agency.
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However, some council members remain skeptical.

“How can you make a house rule for something we don’t even know what it looks like?” said Queens Democrat Bob Holden. “DOT is a horrible, horrible agency, they don’t respond when we give them ideas for traffic calming and speed bumps.”

“The concern is: the council could risk failing this,” said a council source, who asked not to be identified.

“Now you’re getting to that point where we have to do something procedurally too. We may not pass at all if the concerns are too real,” the source added.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/19/albany-reaches-deal-to-keep-nyc-speed-cameras-running-24-7/ Albany agrees to keep NYC speed cameras running 24/7

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