Governor Andrew Cuomo played his part by reaching a deal with New York City officials, including his political nemesis Mayor Bill de Blasio. By signing an executive order, the governor will allow the city to access DMV records so that motorists who speed can be issued tickets.
The City Council will do its part by passing a law enacting its own version of the speed camera program in 140 school zones. De Blasio, meanwhile, will issue an “order of necessity” to allow the bill to move quickly.
Despite the rare cooperation between the city and state to preserve a life-saving program, the Republicans in the State Senate could care less.
Majority Leader John Flanagan has ignored calls for passing legislation to not only extend the program until 2022, but expand it to 150 more school zones.
To most New York City parents, students and educators, the move is a no-brainer. Why allow speeding drivers to get away with a dangerous act, especially around our school children?
The statistics have been cited repeatedly in the last few months. Speed cameras reduced speeds by 63 percent when they were turned on. More than 80 percent of motorists who received a ticket never got a second one.
If the numbers are not enough, families that have lost loved ones to reckless drivers have gone around the city, and up to Albany, to share their stories of loss. What else will it take for Republicans to listen?
Cuomo’s executive order only lasts 30 days. He can renew again, but it’s a temporary move. He knows that, and the State Senate knows that.
Flanagan needs to act now, before students head back to school next week.