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Lawmakers Continue To Stall on Bills To Keep Pedestrians, Cyclists Safe

Lawmakers Continue To Stall on Bills To Keep Pedestrians, Cyclists Safe

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…

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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 […]

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