Mayor de Blasio is calling for more speed cameras and stiffer fines for violators.

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City speed cameras to turn back on for first day of school

August 27, 2018 - 6:51 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The speed cameras in front of city schools are expected to turn back on just in time for the first day of classes.

The City Council brokered a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to get the cameras up and running again.

City Council Speakers Corey Johnson said Cuomo agreed to sign an executive order to allow the city to access Department of Motor Vehicles records of drivers caught speeding on cameras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be taking steps to expedite passage of a City Council bill to reactivate the cameras, Johnson explained.

Speed cameras in 140 school zones throughout the five boroughs turned off on July 25, after the state Senate failed to pass legislation to renew the program.

The council is expected to discuss a bill to reactivate ticketing on Tuesday and will hold a vote in an emergency council meeting Wednesday.

De Blasio will then sign the bill into law on Sept. 4, the day before the first day of school.

“Children’s lives are at stake,” Mr. Johnson said. “We wanted Albany to act, and they didn’t, so we had to act.”