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Nassau's out-of-state speed-cam vendor has yet to seek early-end payment

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A speed cameras sat in front of the Dutch Broadway School in Elmont on Aug. 31, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Nearly four months after Nassau lawmakers repealed the controversial school zone speed cameras, the program’s Arizona-based vendor has yet to seek an early termination payment from the county that could be worth almost $3 million.

Nassau’s contract with American Traffic Solutions stipulates that if the speed camera program ends early, the firm is entitled to $60,000 per camera site, minus $2,500 for each month the cameras have been operating. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has said the total could be at least $2.6 million.

“We have a long-standing partnership with the county and will continue our discussions towards finding a resolution that achieves our mutual goals,” said ATS spokesman Charles Territo.

ATS, which also operates the county’s red light program, could also sue to recoup installation and maintenance costs.

From Sept. 2 through Nov. 21, the speed camera program generated more than 400,000 tickets for more than $32 million in fines and fees. Nassau was expected to net about $25 million and ATS would get about $7.6 million.

But the cameras were incredibly unpopular with residents who complained that the program was poorly rolled out and intended solely to boost the county’s coffers.

State lawmakers last week rejected a proposal by Senate Republicans to withdraw Nassau and Suffolk County’s authorization for the speed cameras. A source said ATS lobbied against the measure with the hope that the program could be revived one day. Mangano also opposed repealing the camera authorization.

ATS has other incentives to keep up relations with Nassau. The firm collected $8.9 million in 2013 for running Nassau’s red light camera program.

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