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LI, NYC school-zone speed camera bill to be introduced Monday as lawmakers rally to save proposal

Legislators meeting in the State Capitol in Albany

Legislators meeting in the State Capitol in Albany will introduce a bill to place about 120 school-zone speed cameras on Long Island and another 100 in New York City, a state official said Sunday Photo Credit: Bloomberg / Ron Antonelli

State legislators will introduce a bill Monday to place 125 school-zone speed cameras on Long Island and expand the number in New York City to 140 –- after a similar proposal was dropped from the state budget.

But it’s uncertain when the legislature might act on the bill – which could have a significant impact on Nassau County finances.

Speed cameras record speeding violations without a police officer being present at the scene. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has backed school-zone cameras.

Under the proposal, local governments would split the revenue from tickets generated by the cameras, depending on road jurisdiction, a state official said. Divvying up of ticket was cited by officials as a reason why the proposal didn't make it into the state budget, which is set to be voted on Monday. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) announced late Sunday he would introduce a new school-zone camera bill.

The proposal might not be acted on until late April, at the earliest, when lawmakers return from Easter/Passover recess.

Failure to adopt school-zone speed cameras could put a big hole in Nassau's budget. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, which oversees county finances, has said the estimated $8 million or more in annual revenue from speed-zone cameras could be used to help lift a union-employee wage freeze, which has run for three years.

Uncertainty about the revenue was one factor in the board's decision to postpone a vote on the deal until the second week of April, NIFA chairman Jon Kaiman said Saturday.

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