At Least 3 Speed Cameras on the UWS Deactivated After State Fails to Reauthorize Program

The state failed to reauthorize the city’s speed camera program, and now those cameras are no longer gathering evidence for speeding violations. The cameras are collecting data, but they’re not taking photos to be used in citations against speeding drivers, the Post reported.

The speed camera program, which started in 2014, places cameras near schools in an effort to reduce speeding and serious crashes. On the Upper West Side, there are three such cameras on busy streets near schools, although the city doesn’t release their exact location, said Ned Terrace of Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s office. There may be more than three total in the neighborhood, given that Council Member Mark Levine’s district includes a section of the Upper West Side too. Overall, there were 100 cameras throughout the city at fixed locations, along with 40 mobile cameras. Twenty of the mobile cameras will remain on through August, the Post reported.

Speed cameras have been shown to reduce speeding and serious injuries.

Advocates have urged the state for weeks not to allow the camera program to lapse. The Republican-controlled State Senate, however, did not pass a bill allowing the cameras. Dana Lerner, whose son Cooper Stock was killed by a cab driver in 2014, was arrested while protesting outside the office of State Sen. Marty Golden last month.

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    1. dannyboy says:

      This is your government, ladies and gentlemen.

      • Dissident says:

        So, “dannyboy” has now reversed his position on public surveillance cameras? In the past, he decried them as “police state tactics”.

        Perhaps “dannyboy” has finally acknowledged what is an established legal principle as well as just plain common-sense? Namely, when present in a public place, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

        • dannyboy says:


          I would never agree that “when present in a public place, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

          I am against Totalitarianism.

    2. MJ says:

      I guess not enough people have been hit by speeding cars?
      What a waste.

    3. Chrigid says:

      How much money does NYC send to NYS in taxes. How much do we get back?

      Is it time to start talking about secession again? I mean. who among us wants to be part of a state that shuts down the speed cameras just at the start of the school year? Are we getting the message?

    4. Leslie Rupert says:

      This disregard the Senate actually has for the health and safety of New Yorkers is displayed once again.