City Council members approved a “home rule request” on Thursday, giving the state Legislature the green light for a three-year extension and expansion of New York City’s speed camera program, allowing it to operate around the clock.
“The cameras will be on 24/7, all year round,” City Traffic Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced at a rally with supporters of the bill ahead of the vote, which ended in 43 votes in favour, seven against.
City statistics show a reduction in speeding and accidents in locations where DOT has installed the cameras, but state law requires them to be turned off between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m
State lawmakers reached an agreement last week to renew the camera program, which expires at the end of June, and allow 24-hour camera ticketing.
Rodriguez and Mayor Eric Adams pushed for more cameras and to end the state’s legal authority over the program, but failed to garner support in Albany.
City officials argue the cameras aren’t a cash cow because more than 80 percent of drivers who are caught don’t commit a second infraction.
On Thursday, the municipal council voted 43 in favor and seven against. Republicans Joann Ariola, Joe Borelli, David Carr, Vickie Paladino and Inna Vernikov all voted no, as did Darlene Mealy and Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn).
“Speed cameras haven’t gotten us any closer to Vision Zero, and they’re little more than revenue generators,” Borelli told the Post. “DOT pumps them out like gangbusters but refuses when you ask for a speed limit.”
State lawmakers plan to pass the official camera law before their June 2 session ends.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/nyc-council-signs-off-on-24-7-speed-enforcement-cameras/ NYC Council releases 24/7 speed surveillance cameras