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ALBANY – A proposal to install as many as 125 traffic cameras in Long Island school zones has been blocked from the state budget set to be voted on Monday, although lawmakers are trying to revive it through separate legislation.
Failure to adopt speed-zone cameras could put a big hole in Nassau County’s budget. The head of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority said last month that revenue from speed-zone cameras could be used to help lift a three-year union-employee wage freeze.
The school speed-zone initiative, backed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was just one of many significant details that either survived or fell by the wayside as lawmakers negotiated the budget into the early hours Saturday.
Cuomo officials didn’t give a reason immediately why the proposal was omitted.
But sources said legislators are considering introducing a separate bill to authorize school-zone speed cameras in New York City and Long Island. It wasn’t immediately clear whether that bill would be acted on this week, when legislators are taking up the state budget, or later. The 2014 legislative session is set to end June 19.
Earlier this year, Nassau officials projected $8 million in revenue from speed cameras and other state initiatives in 2015 and $12 million annually after that. Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone had projected that 20 school-zone cameras would generate $2 million in annual revenue.