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.