Familiy For Safe Streets rally outside City Hall Park. Photo: Fiifi Frimpong Top state lawmakers have struck out on a package of pending street safety bills, and today is the last chance for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to grab a bat and get in the game.
Both the Senate and Assembly transportation committees have held their last votes of the legislative term — which ends on Thursday — but Albany’s Byzantine process allows the leaders of both houses to jumpstart any bill even without a vote in its respective committee before the end of the session. And supporters of the Crash and Victim Safety Act — a package of eight bills that advocates believe are absolutely critical to making roadways safer for the most vulnerable road users — are now focusing their attention on Assembly leader Heastie and his Senate counterpart, Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Advocates for the package, such as Families For Safe Streets Co-Founder Amy Cohen, remain frustrated.
“It is outrageous that the Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees adjourned for the year without holding a hearing or advancing the full Crash Victim Rights & Safety Act,” said Cohen, whose son, Sammy, was killed by a reckless driver in 2013 and whose name is attached to a bill that would allow New York City to set its own speed limits without needing Albany approval. “We have a crisis. Three New Yorkers like my son are killed every day, year after year, with no end in sight.”
At this point, the process of getting any […]