This morning, Governor Cuomo known as on Senate Majority Chief John Flanagan to reconvene the Senate for a particular session to enact an enlargement of NYC’s college zone velocity digital camera program. Cuomo mentioned passing the Each Faculty Pace Digicam Act is a matter of life or dying for NYC schoolkids.
It’s the strongest message from Cuomo thus far on the velocity digital camera invoice, however he can apply extra strain if he chooses. The governor has the facility to convene a particular session of the Senate himself, a step he has thus far declined to take.
If the Senate fails to behave earlier than July 25, this system will expire and New York Metropolis will likely be compelled to close off its 140 present velocity cameras.
“They left Albany with out passing a quite simple invoice,” Cuomo mentioned. “A invoice that would decide whether or not younger folks dwell or die. They have to return and go the velocity digital camera invoice earlier than July 25.”
The Meeting has handed laws to greater than double the scope of this system, and the invoice has assist from a majority of senators. The issue is that the “assist” of Senator Marty Golden, whose district Cuomo was talking on this morning, seems to be fictional.
Momentum for a particular session is constructing as strain additionally mounts to go the Reproductive Well being Act, which might codify the language of Roe v. Wade in state regulation. Most of Cuomo’s look in Dyker Heights at present was dedicated to urging a vote on the Reproductive Well being Act.
This week, State Senator Elaine Phillips, a pro-choice Republican from Nassau County dealing with a aggressive problem within the fall, signed on as a co-sponsor of the velocity digital camera invoice, a sign that there’s motion within the Senate on each payments as a package deal.
Cuomo known as on Flanagan to let members of the Republican caucus “vote their conscience” on each cameras and abortion rights. Whereas the governor can convene the Senate with out Flanagan’s say-so, it’s finally as much as the majority chief to carry the payments to the ground for a vote.
Flanagan has mentioned he’s open to a particular session however desires to barter adjustments to the Reproductive Well being Act and haggle over different gadgets that may require bringing the Meeting again to Albany as properly.
Standing subsequent to members of Households for Safer Streets after the occasion, Cuomo mentioned Flanagan’s try and dictate phrases was tantamount to obstructing each payments. On the query of velocity cameras, Flanagan has a motive to impede: The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Affiliation, the police union that opposes velocity cameras, has contributed $68,500 to the Senate Republican Marketing campaign Committee because the starting of 2015.
“There are a selection of how of claiming ‘no’ in Albany,” Cuomo mentioned. “You possibly can say no by saying, ‘Properly it relies on different payments,’ ‘Properly, I’ll do it if the solar doesn’t rise within the morning,’ ‘I want to do it however I can solely do it if the chief calls us again’ — these are all no’s.”
“I’m hopeful that the Senate Republican management will do the suitable factor and cease enjoying politics with youngsters’s lives,” mentioned Households for Protected Streets co-founder Amy Cohen. “We won’t relaxation till it occurs, so if Senator Flanagan doesn’t need to come again, we’ll be at his doorstep shortly.”