NYC school speed camera program expires

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BAY RIDGE -

The New York City school speed camera program came to an end Wednesday after the state Assembly failed to come to an agreement on its extension.

As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 120 cameras were turned off, ending the program that tickets anyone who goes even 5 mph over the limit. Twenty cameras will remain on in the city through at least August.

State Sen. Marty Golden was in Bay Ridge Wednesday to demand that lawmakers act on a bill that would expand the number of cameras and their hours of operation, as well as extend the program until 2022. It passed the state Assembly but failed to gain traction in the Senate.

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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the Republican-held Senate for the bill's failure.

Golden, however, has turned the blame on Cuomo, claiming the governor did not compromise on other bills. Some street safety advocates claim Golden has not always endorsed the program and has himself received several speed camera tickets.

The city Department of Transportation claims speed cameras have been proven to reduce fatalities by 30 to 40 percent. It has said it will look at ways to keep the cameras, even if it's solely for data collection.

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