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Slamming the brakes: Golden casts aside speed camera bill in push for stop signs, traffic lights near schools

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It’s a full-speed reversal.

Bay Ridge and Marine Park state Sen. Marty Golden cast aside his support of a bill that would double the number of speed cameras in school zones citywide and is now pushing a bill requiring stop signs or traffic signals near school zones citywide, he announced on June 23. Golden said the new bill is a better solution because it affects more schools than the speed camera bill.

“No schoolchild should ever have to fear danger while walking to school,” Golden wrote on Twitter. “Over the years, many legislators have tried to solve this problem, but their solutions are limited to a small number of schools, protecting a fraction of students.”

The new bill — sponsored by Andrew Lanza (R–Staten Island) and co-sponsored by Golden and Simcha Felder (D–Midwood) — requires the Department of Transportation install the stop signs or traffic lights at intersections in more than 1,000 of the city’s more than 2,300 school zones. It would also double the fine for speeding drivers in school zones, bringing the minimum penalty to $180 and the maximum to at least $1,200, depending on how fast the speeder is going. The legislation would also use the revenue from summonses to pay for installing the new stop signs and lights, extend the speed camera program for six months if the bill is passed before the cameras’ current July 25 expiration date, and require the city install signs notifying drivers where speed cameras are in use. The city does not currently reveal the locations of the 140 speed cameras.

Golden said the new bill was one example of his continued commitment to fight for kids’ safety from speeding drivers.

“This new initiative will actually slow cars down and protect all New York City school children,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will not stop fighting to protect our children from speeding drivers.”

But city records show that Golden has been a reckless and speeding driver, racking up more than $1,100 in fines from 18 parking and driving violations — six of which were for speed camera violations — since May 2016. He paid out more than $870 for 12 of the violations, including all of the speed camera tickets. And he received his latest speed camera ticket just before 11 am on May 10 — four days after his spokesman announced his support for the bill expanding the cameras — when a camera caught his car speeding near Edward Shallow Junior High School at 65th Street and 16th Avenue.

And Golden’s temporary support for the speed cameras last month amounted to a reversal of his years-long opposition to them: in 2013, he blocked legislation that would place up to 40 of the devices around select schools around the city, insisting that there wasn’t enough evidence of speed cameras’ effectiveness, and that the city should instead hire more traffic cops and install more traffic lights, speed bumps, and stop signs near schools.

The Republican-controlled state Senate did not vote on the bill to extend the current speed camera program and more than double the amount of cameras citywide before its session ended on June 20 because Felder did not allow it out of the Cities Committee — which he chairs — for a floor vote. Felder also blocked the bill from reaching Gov. Cuomo’s desk last year.

Councilman Justin Brannan (D–Bay Ridge) condemned Golden’s party for failing to move the speed camera legislation forward, alleging they were endangering children with their inaction.

“If the speed camera program is not renewed and expanded, the lives of New York City school children will be put in jeopardy, and it will be because the Republican-controlled state Senate chose to play politics rather than preserve the lifesaving measure,” Brannan wrote on Twitter.

The new bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee — led by Majority Leader John Flanagan (R–Long Island) — and will expire in five years and six months if it passed. But it would first need to go to the floor for a vote, which would require Gov. Cuomo or Sen. Flanagan to call a special session of the Senate. If the floor vote passed, Gov. Cuomo could sign it into law, since the Assembly already passed its version of the bill on June 18.

A rep for Felder did not immediately respond to a request for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 5:41 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Thank you Marty! There is at least one politician left that will stop this massive theft of taxpayers. Have police in front of schools enforcing traffic laws, and speed bumps to wreck the cars of speeders.
June 28, 8:32 am
James from Park Slope says:
Good - who wants constant government surveillance? It’s creepy.
June 28, 8:52 am
Jill from Kessington says:
The police need to enforce traffic rules and ticket drivers who text, hold cell phones, make illegal u-turns, don't signal, run lights and stop signs and speed. Included are cracking down on motorized bikes used by deliverymen and bike riders, who cause accidents by not obeying traffic rules. Double parked cars should not be tolerated; even those who block traffic on Coney Island Avenue in front of mosques.
These will be more effective than any traffic cameras, which sound good, but are really for show, not substance.
Also, parents need to be educated, when crossing the street with their babies in strollers, to look first, then enter the intersection with the stroller, rather than just entering the street first pushing their babies.
June 28, 10 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Hey, Hey Marty G - How Many School Zones Did You Speed Through Today?

@SenMartyGolden doesn't give a damn who speeds through school zones or who kills your kids, because he's a principal offender. Three reasons Senator Golden opposes speed cameras:

- They show how ineffective the NYPD is, and Marty's in the pocket of the PBA's Pat Lynch
- Marty would lose his car and license
- Marty is a sociopath who enjoys speeding, running reds and getting away with it because he's a cop-backed public official
June 28, 10:20 am
John S from Queens says:
Why not just install speed humps like has been done on so many residential streets where speeding is reported to be a problem? And Marty, while you're at it have them up the speed limits on Queens Blvd. and Ocean Pkwy. to 35 mph; 25 mph is ridiculously too slow.
June 28, 11:09 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
I wonder what is the auto insurance premium that Senator Golden's car is paying - is the auto insurance premium paid by taxpayers because the car is official use?
June 28, 11:11 am
Alex from Park Slope says:
Sorry Jill,but you're flat wrong. Since the cameras were installed speeding has dropped in those school zones by 22%. There is no way the NYPD could/would set up speed traps to be this effective. Of course automated traffic enforcement must be used properly. False tickets and setting things up in a way that entraps people is not acceptable. But when they're used properly as they have been in this case, they are very effective and MORE than fair. Enough whining about privacy. Driving a car is a privilege, not a right. The cameras have been proven to make the streets safer for children (and everyone else). If you can't get on board with that, you're just as selfish as Marty Golden.
June 28, 11:20 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
This story should have pointed out that the surest way to ENSURE speeding is to add traffic lights, which are green or yellow most of the time. Drivers speed up considerably when they see green or yellow, flying through intersections, where the majority of collisions occur.

That basic statistic/research could have let your readers know how asinine Golden's "idea" is.
June 28, 12:48 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Marty really stabbed us in the back. The 68 Prec doesn’t enforce moving violations. You can have all the stop signs in the world and they are useless when the 68 patrol cars ignore violations. I’d like to see sped cameras, red light cameras and stop sign cameras.
June 28, 1:35 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
Can it be just bad luck that Senator Golden received so many speeding tickets? Or his schedule is so full that he often have to rush from one place to another? Something to ponder.
June 28, 5:14 pm
Claire says:
If thet want to aloe Down traffic, just install speed bumps.
No one can speed then. It’s not about catching, it’s about safety, right? Or is this just about making money?!
June 29, 3:20 am
Frank from Furter says:
As a retired cop he has a get out of jail free card when stopped by live police not so with the cameras. This is unenlightened self interest at the worst.
June 29, 6:14 am
Frank from Furter says:
The by pd issues over 100000 traffic violations per month. Putting a cop in front of every school is exactly what they want including every yeshiva and parochial school too...but not to issue tickets...
June 29, 6:19 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
"Can it be just bad luck that Senator Golden received so many speeding tickets? Or his schedule is so full that he often have to rush from one place to another? Something to ponder."

No maybe he's just a sociopath politico/ex-cop who gets his jollies going thru school zones and red lights because "I'm very important."

This AM I heard Cuomo say that drivers complaining about speed cameras have an option: slow down! Did he say that to Marty Golden's beet-red face?
July 2, 9:49 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Maybe the reason Golden opposes expanding this program is because it's seen more of being used to generate revenue rather than safety, and Jill does have a point about cyclists and pedestrians that don't follow the traffic laws in that there needs to be something done with them as well.
July 2, 5:34 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Tal, you ignorant bot -- you'll never tget it. Marty is a politician. They NEVER turn down revenue schemes.

There are two reasons Marty wants speed cameras gone: 1) That "revenue" shows the NYPD are not doing their jobs at traffice enforcement. 2) Golden himself is a principal offender. He earned 3 tickets in school zones in 2018 already, plus other past offenses including impersonating a cop which he hasn't been in 35 years, and of course hitting the woman who went into the coma and later died, costing him $750K.

You'd think Marty would have learned by now, but these days we have a sociopath in the White House. And Tal Barzilai is daily proof of how prevalent stupidity is.
July 2, 6:34 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Pete, first of all, knock it off with the personal attacks, but I guess this is how a lot of anti-car fanatics tend to act at anyone who doesn't see the world through their eyes. You don't hear me saying these things at you, and please learn to speak like a grown adult, which is something you are not. Perhaps, the reason why Golden is against these cameras is that their only reason is to generate revenue and nothing else. It's not as if those cameras will actually stop anyone from speeding in those zones by creating a forcefield or having bollards come up to trap them. As for where I stand on the political spectrum, I'm very liberal and a registered Democrat, plus I didn't even vote for The Donald, in the election, I voted for Hillary, which debunks any further claims at me.
July 3, 6:05 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Oh poor dear TalBot- Hezbolah sent me a $50,000 recruiting check today. Seems they need anti-car fanatics. What should I do?

FYI, as long as you check in from bucolic Pleasantville, NY with your idiocies, I'll call you anything I damn well please. It's up to the editors to shut any of us up.

Don't like it? Cry somewhere else...this is Brooklyn baby. Oh, and so defensive -- who gives an eff who you voted for?

As for Marty's sociopathic motives - agree to disagree.
July 5, 3:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, I'm NOT a bot. If anything, you are probably a zillions times more of one especially with the personal attacks you make. Even if you are a real person, though possibly using multiple names here, it still doesn't give you right to behave the way you do. Just because you live in Brooklyn and/or happen to support the idea for speed cameras doesn't mean that your opinion gets to outweigh everyone else's let alone respond back with personal attacks at those who don't share your view. More importantly, if you have a right to supporting the speed cameras, then others, including Golden, have a right to oppose them. For the record, I don't hate the person, I just hate the idea, and it's like rooting for the other team, because I couldn't care less if someone likes the other team just as long as they don't attack me on rooting for mine. Perhaps, it's about time you got kicked off your high horse or bicycle in this claim to show that you aren't a god. After saying that, this deserves a mic drop. Come back when you start acting your real age unless you really a little child who can only speak with personal attacks and nothing else.
July 7, 2:36 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Only TalBot can say he deserves his own mic drop.

Signed, A Bike Terrorist God
July 9, 8:24 am

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