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State Sen. Marty Golden is blocking speed camera bill in Albany, Councilman Steve Levin claims

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Councilman Steve Levin says there is one roadblock keeping speed cameras from New York City intersections — and that obstacle is state Sen. Marty Golden.

Levin (D–Greenpoint) told a Community Board 2 meeting on March 13 that Golden (R–Bay Ridge) is single-handedly holding up a bill that would place up to 40 of the devices — which photograph the license plates of speeders and automatically send them tickets — in select school zones around the city.

“The one who’s really against them is Senator Marty Golden, so you can call him up and talk to him about that,” said Levin.

Levin famously battled Atlantic Avenue speed demons last year, posing for The Brooklyn Paper while holding a radar gun. The pol was also one of five council members to join car-critic groups Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign on March 12 in calling for the passage of the camera pilot program bill, which is currently up for debate in the state legislature, arguing that the law would mean safer streets for pedestrians.

But Golden spokesman John Quaglione denied that the southern Brooklyn Senator was the sole cause of the political traffic jam, and claimed that increasing the number of cops on the streets would be a more effective way of putting the brakes on lead-footed motorists — combined with legislation Golden proposed to increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers, which Quaglione accused Democrats in the state Assembly of slowing down.

“Mr. Levin should be looking at the issue as a whole and talking to members of his own party,” Quaglione shot back, adding that Golden was still in negotiations over the speed camera bill.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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Tom from sunset park says:
That is power.

BTW, why weren't you or any of the Brooklyn council delegation at the Transportation Committee's meeting yesterday? It was important but apparently just not that important.
March 19, 2013, 9:11 am
S from Brooklyn says:
So Marty Golden is okay with people speeding and not getting caught then. Shame on him.
March 19, 2013, 9:31 am
Larry Littlefield from Windsor Terrace says:
There was a time when Republicans could at least be counted on to be against government waste. Not for the past 30 years, however, at the state and federal levels.

We have 2 1/2 times the national average ratio of police officers to people, and with a 20 and out pension we have to carry two retired officers for every one on the job.

And here we have someone demanding that we pay even more, or else not be kept safe. By we, I mean those who are still around NYC in 20 years, because Generation Greed has always been in favor of paying for things with debt not current taxes.
March 19, 2013, 9:40 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Amazing hypocrisy from this Republican. Isn't he supposed to be for low taxes?

Cameras are cheaper than cops and can be "employed" 24 hours a day. Yet would Golden support a tax increase to pay for the extra police officers he says we should have instead? I doubt it.

So more New Yorkers will die from speeding drivers all because Golden is in the pocket of AAA lobbyists.
March 19, 2013, 9:57 am
Bill from Bay Ridge from Bay Ridge says:
Marty is not in pocket of AAA. Try the PBA.
March 19, 2013, 10:22 am
ty from pps says:
"and claimed that increasing the number of cops on the streets would be a more effective way of putting the brakes on lead-footed motorists"

And there is proof that the NYPD prioritizes safety, where? The NYPD doesn't do their job. Period.

I regularly drive down Coney Island Avenue by "Hollywood Carwash" -- either following or being followed by NYPD. This carwash has moved their business into the street -- blocking the sidewalk, the parking lane AND the right lane of traffic -- creating a dangerous bottleneck of fast-moving traffic being funneled into 1-lane of traffic. (with buses, large trucks, etc. all in the mix)

What do the NYPD do? They merge into the bottleneck and drive on.

The DOT even had to install plastic bollards in the middle of the road because traffic was driving into the oncoming lanes.

More NYPD will give us more of the same. No increase in safety. Just an increase in payroll.
March 19, 2013, 11:28 am
Rob from NY says:
Speeding is out-of-control in New York. Two people have been killed by speeding cars near my elementary school age nephews' building -- at 106 & Bway. Drivers are flying onto the sidewalks killing people all over the city.

If you think cameras don't work, try driving on West Side Highway in Manhattan. After DOT installed red light cameras, cars started driving much more safely to avoid blowing through red lights. I myself got two tickets in the first 6 months, and trust me, I drive under the speed limit now. Probably a few cruise ship visitors alive today because of those cameras.
March 19, 2013, 1:48 pm
da editah says:
Great headline.
March 19, 2013, 2:17 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Didn't Marty himself speed and hit someone with his car?
March 19, 2013, 2:20 pm
Marsha from Concord Village says:
I have been trying to get a camera at the exit of the brooklyn bridge from Manhattan for years. I hear the PBA doesn't want them
March 19, 2013, 2:43 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
So what if the PBA is against them? They are made of police officers who know better than you do if you didn't already know that. EVeryone knows that speed cameras can be used to take pictures and violate your privacy which yes extends to speeding. I dno't have a right to take your picture just because you are breaking the law. And what if I have a good reason to go over the speed limit should I be punished and fined? This is more nanny state Bloomberg who just wants to tax drivers who are doing nothing wrong other than driving to where they need to go. I am sure Marty Golden has his reasons for opposing this bill whatever they are so we shouldn't not trust him. That is what he is elected for, not you Streetsbloggers.
March 19, 2013, 5:48 pm
ty from pps says:
I can't tell if that's the "real" Tal or not... it was a little to coherent and had a bit of a logical progression. It has lots of weird grammar and plenty of dumb sprinkled in there.

Seems like a decent forgery, but... final verdict... not the real Tal.
March 19, 2013, 6:17 pm
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
State law doesn't permit speed cameras at all. It permits a limited number of red light cameras in NY City 50 I believe up from 25 a few years ago. The State Senate-which has been Republican controlled as long as I remember- has always been the problem in getting both more red light cameras and any speed cameras. The cameras on the west side highway are all red light cameras but they have slowed the traffic there any way. The red light cameras are hated by the PBA because they can't talk their way out of those tickets as they do when a fellow officer stops them. BTW it was me who accused Marty and the state republicans of being the problem. I would rather avoid the accident in the first place than increasing the penalties after they happened...juries don't like to convict anyway unfortunately.
March 19, 2013, 7:26 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am not surprised to see another impersonation of me, which is probably by ty unless he can state where he has been at the time of that comment. Try looking for the causes to why Golden and the PBA oppose these cameras rather than the effects. One of the reasons could be that they would lose their jobs and be forced to be unemployed for a while especially when it will be hard for them to find a job in this economy. BTW, Golden is for increasing penalties, so you can't say that he supports speeding motorists just because he is against the cameras. Another issue is the cost of the cameras, and some will claim that there are more important priorities that their tax dollars should be spent rather than what they would see as a pet project. More importantly, saying that it can always be taken down if it fails always seems to be easier said than done especially when the data from them can always be fudged, which many of done in the past, just as a way to make it look better. More importantly, why should there only be cameras for motorists when there are hardly any for pedestrians and cyclists who tend to flout the laws as well? This sure sounds like something out of Animal Farm if you asked me.
March 19, 2013, 8:42 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Marty Golden should be ashamed of himself.
March 19, 2013, 8:44 pm
T from PPW says:
That last Tal's grammar is too perfect. Final verdict: not Tal. The first one was real.
March 19, 2013, 9:19 pm
trans alt from my bike says:
ty from pps whining again about driving around and spewing pollution at his neighbors. Give up your car you hypocritical pos.
March 20, 2013, 12:01 am
ty from pps says:
OK, trans alt... OK. That is certainly the correct response to my comment about the NYPD not prioritizing safety... totally appropriate response. Did you catch a bit of dumb from Tal?
March 20, 2013, 9:35 am
Mustache Pete from Fort Greene says:
Looking over the recent arrest reports involving NYPD officers, I can only conclude that too many of the reckless drivers who will be caught with these cameras are going to be cops!

Can anyone think of another coherent reason why ex-cop Marty Golden and PBA president Pat Lynch are against the cameras?

I'd be interested in another take from anyone except Tal Barzillai - the real or fake one.
March 20, 2013, 3:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I will only agree to these cameras if they will also be used to catch cyclists and pedestrians who are flouting the laws as well, which is done just as constantly, but hardly any enforcement is done at them as it against motorists.
March 20, 2013, 5:27 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Speeding pedestrians? Are you really this stupid or just doing this for show?
March 20, 2013, 8:06 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I find namecalling uncalled for but am not surprised that you engage in it ty. Of course I'm not stupid for calling out pedestrians and cyclists who break the law like motorists. They city is safe when everyone obeys the law so if a person steps off of the street and jaywalks across it do you think they shouldn't be arrested? And if you don't think that why should a motorist obey the law if a pedestrian doesn't or if a cyclist goes through a red light? Rules are for everyone to follow the exact same in my book.
March 20, 2013, 9:47 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- You're an idiot. Not namecalling... objective assessment.
March 20, 2013, 9:57 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, I knew that impersonation was from you especially when your comment came just ten minutes apart, which is making you a good suspect. Also, I wasn't even here at 9:47 PM today. Either way, my point about using these cameras is to catch all lawbreakers, not just a select group. If Hunter College was able to use cameras to see who was following the rules on who represents the real danger on streets, I don't see why this can't be there on a normal basis. In Europe they have something like this to catch numerous burglars, robbers, and murderers just by seeing their faces even if they do flee the scene of the crime, so I don't see why that can't be the case here. Daily studies would probably prove that more cyclists and pedestrians are flouting much more than motorists are if the cameras get used for that.
March 20, 2013, 10:08 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Marty, you are dead wrong on this issue. We need speed cameras in Bay Ridge, lots of them. The leadership of the 68th Precinct has failed miserably with respect to enforcement of the laws against speeding and reckless driving. You only have to walk around Bay Ridge on a regular basis to know that speeding, running stop signs, blowing through red lights and even racing are are commonplace. We've had at least 4 hit and run collisions with pedistrians in the last several years caused by speeding and/or reckless driving. Two were fatal. The rest resulted in serious injuries. Add to that several recent serious crashes where pedistrians were injured. This is nuts. The 68th Precinct DOES NOT make speeding a priority. It is generally ignored. The 68th Precinct was in the BOTTOM 5 in Brooklyn in issuing speeding tickets last year. BOTTOM 5! You could add 50 cops to the 68th without any assurance of increasing enforcement of speeding laws, because the leadership of the 68th has made it clear, for years, that speeding is not a priority of the precinct leadership. Add the speed cameras and continue to fight for more cops. But add the cameras first.

And get on the horn with the commanding officer of the 68th Precinct and demand that he focus on speeding enforcement.
March 21, 2013, 9:43 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-oks-speed-limit-cam-plan-asks-state-legislature-move-article-1.1294444

The daily News reports its the State Senate which is stopping this...as I said at the CB2 meeting...
March 21, 2013, 10:18 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
John, I can say the same thing about cyclists disobeying traffic lights and signs, but I don't hear you calling for increased enforcement on that, so cut the double standard!
March 21, 2013, 4:44 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Tal you're a moron.
March 22, 2013, 11:49 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
BTW, speed cameras will NOT be included in the state budget, so big brother has lost on this one big time!
March 22, 2013, 3:59 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal - Seriously an idiot. This is about State LAW. These are city streets. The speed cameras wouldn't have been part of the State Budget anyway.

Lord have mercy on this stupid man's soul.
March 22, 2013, 5:45 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, the point is that you lost and get over it. The cameras are most likely not coming as it was opposed highly by Golden, who is the biggest obstacle to this. Perhaps, the lord should have mercy on you for always making such personal attacks, and you will probably have to spend a lot of time in a confession box for that. As for John, I find it an irony that you want motorists to follow every letter of the law while cyclists and pedestrians can do whatever they want whenever they want to. Calling someone a moron rather than giving a rebuttal is really childish if you asked me.
March 22, 2013, 6:18 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal, you are too precious. Your mom must just love showing you off to her friends.... Does she have "viewing parties" where they drink whine and then the group slowly creeps down the basement stares to see you in your natural habitat?
March 22, 2013, 6:35 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Actually, ty, you were really describing yourself, because I am nothing like that.
March 23, 2013, 4:43 pm

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