New York City will return functioning speed cameras in school zones before children return to class after the city council negotiated a deal between the mayor and the governor.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
has agreed to sign an executive order allowing the city to access department of motor vehicle records of drivers caught on speed of the camera, city councilors
said Sunday. And mayor
Bill de Blasio
he will take steps to speed up the passing of a city council to reactivate the issue of tickets, Johnson said.
The program for the speed cameras, which are distributed in 140 school zones in the five districts, expired on 25 July after the State Senate failed to pass laws approving their use. The city kept recording data about drivers driving too fast, but was unable to hand in any tickets.
The bill to reactivate ticketing is expected to be discussed on Tuesday in the city council and voted on the next day in a council of emergency council. The mayor is expected to sign the bill on September 4, the day before the start of school.
"Once the program has expired, the Council has been wondering if we can do anything to get the cameras back." Mr. Johnson said:
City Council members have developed legislation, but they need state and municipal executive help to enforce it, he said.
"We needed help from both the governor and the mayor, and we introduced this legislation to both and both agreed to work with us," Johnson said.
It is a rare peace treaty between the governor and the mayor who is known to be arguing about big and small issues in New York City.
"Children's lives are at stake," Mr. Johnson said. "We wanted Albany to act, and they did not, so we had to act."
"Speed cameras save children's lives"
a spokesman for Mr de Blasio, said. "We can not risk 1.1 million students returning to school unprotected."
Representatives of Mr. Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The news is a relief for Amy Cohen, whose 12-year-old son, Sammy Cohen Eckstein, was killed in 2013 by a passing driver in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
"It would have been unscrupulous if no. Something was being done," she said Sunday.
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Published in the printed issue of August 27, 2018 as "Speed Cameras for a Return to Time for Back to School".