Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez is “optimistic” that legislators in Albany will lastly vote this yr to provide New York Metropolis full management over its velocity digital camera program following the street deaths of 12 individuals within the span of every week, he instructed reporters Tuesday.
“Now we have plenty of new power occurring,” Rodriguez mentioned throughout a press convention on the Manhattan intersection the place a 21-year-old NYU scholar Raife Milligan was killed final week by an allegedly intoxicated driver.
“I’m optimistic that earlier than the tip of this session, we will have the ability to see growth of the velocity cameras.”
The appointee of Mayor Eric Adams mentioned town Division of Transportation was doing “every part in our energy” to revamp streets for security however wanted assist from the state legislature to cease “reckless drivers” like those that killed Milligan and Florence Ngwu, a Queens girl who died Monday after being pinned between parked automobiles in a horror hit-and-run crash on Mom’s Day.
DOT’s 1000’s of velocity cameras have confirmed to scale back driver rushing, however are severely restricted in once they can function, Rodriguez mentioned.
The cameras should shut off from 10 pm. to six a.m., and policymakers in Albany must move laws to ensure that town to make adjustments, he added.
The overwhelming majority of lethal crashes happen throughout instances of day or areas the place cameras usually are not permitted, in line with DOT’s evaluation.
“Albany should enable NYC to broaden our automated enforcement program,” Rodriguez mentioned Tuesday. “There needs to be no purpose why our cameras ought to should be shut down after a sure time. They need to be operating 24 hours, seven days every week.”
Metropolis officers have pushed for “residence rule” management of this system for occurring two years, to no avail.
Rodriguez was in Albany final week lobbying on the problem and can return there with Deputy Mayor Meera Joshi for extra lobbying on Tuesday, he mentioned.
He mentioned he had “deployed” three staffers to the state capital to work on the problem for the rest of the laws session, which ends in June.
“I consider that we will get this invoice handed,” the commissioner mentioned.