City lawmakers have found a way to turn speed cameras back on in school zones by the time New York kids to return to class, Council Speaker Corey Johnson told The Post on Sunday.
A political firestorm erupted when the program was nixed in spat between the Republican-controlled state Senate and Democratic-controlled state Assembly.
“This never should have become a political chit,” Johnson told The Post. “The bill we’re doing, I’m happy about because it gets the cameras turned back on.”
The deal to activate all 140 cameras has several moving parts, officials said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to sign an executive order that would give city officials access to key data needed to match license plates to car ownership records, Johnson said.
The Governor’s office was not immediately available to comment.
Meanwhile, the City Council will vote on a piece of complex legislation as soon as Wednesday that would address the other technical and legal hurdles, including how to serve the tickets to suspected speeders.
Johnson said the Council would hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday.
The speaker added that Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to a procedural maneuver that will allow the law to take effect more quickly.
If all goes according to schedule, de Blasio could sign the bill as soon as next Tuesday — the day before the first day of school.
“Speed cameras save kids’ lives,” said de Blasio spokesman Seth Stein. “We can’t risk 1.1 million students returning to school unprotected, so the Mayor is planning to do what the State Senate refused – putting children above politics and signing legislation to bring back our speed cameras.”
Under the program, speeders in school zones would still get hit with $50 dollar tickets, the same penalty that was levied before.
Lawyers at City Hall have been working on finding ways to turn the speed cameras back on since early August, Johnson said.
The council’s legislation would also give the city the flexibility to further expand the program, Johnson added.
“We’re doing our best to protect kids,” the speaker said. “But we still need their involvement and advocacy to strengthen this program to strengthen this program.”
Under state law, the city was allowed to operate speed cameras in 140 school zones, offering children greater protection from reckless drivers.
But the GOP-controlled state Senate failed to pass a bill in June that would have renewed the program, forcing officials to turn off all but 20 of the cameras in July.
The legal authorization for the remaining cameras would expire at the end of the August.
Parents and pols across the city erupted in fury at Albany’s failure to renew the speed camera program and lawmakers refusal to return to the Capitol and pass the bill.
The anger grew after The Post used a radar gun to expose how drivers were speeding with abandon through a school zone in Brooklyn after the cameras were shut off.
Over the course of just a few hours, the Post tallied more than two dozen speeders who blew through the intersection of 4th Ave and 19th Street driving so quickly that they would have been ticketed if the cameras were on.
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