Though session has already ended, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Leader John Flanagan should call on their colleagues to reconvene and pass two important measures.
The first is renewing and expanding the life-saving speed camera program near school zones, which is set to expire on July 25. Proposed legislation would add 150 more cameras over three years.
The program has proven to work, with a 63 percent drop in speeding violations since the cameras were installed. Most drivers who have received a speeding ticket don’t end up with a second one, demonstrating that they know better than to speed again.
New York City has lost too many lives from traffic-related incidents. To truly achieve Vision Zero, speed cameras must be part of the equation. The State Senate should heed the calls of families who have lost loved ones to reckless and deadly drivers.
When the Independent Democratic Conference was aligned with the Republicans, the breakaway Democrats should have used their influence and seat at the table to convince the GOP to pass the bill.
It’s not too late, but lawmakers have to act fast. Democrats should do everything in their power to get this done before time runs out.