The New York State Senate passed a bill Monday that would allow Suffolk County to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau, enabling the county – rather than the state – to keep money generated by fines.
The Senate approved the measure 50-1. The state Assembly hasn’t yet acted on the bill.
Currently, fines generated in Babylon, Huntington, Islip, Smithtown and Brookhaven are split between the state and county, Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) said. The bill would allow the county to keep the fines (although the “state surcharge” part of the ticket will still go to the state).
The switch would be worth an estimated $11 million to the county, Zeldin said.
Establishing the bureau is a top priority of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.