State Senator Andrew Lanza is the latest to call on the DOT to end its speed camera program. This as the Department of Transportation asks lawmakers to expand it. NY1's Lisa Voyticki reports.
State Senator Andrew Lanza says if it comes to a vote, he will not support putting more speed cameras on the streets of New York .
“It doesn’t focus on safety it focuses on revenue and that's the wrong approach," said Lanza.
City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg lobbied lawmakers in Albany on Monday, to advance legislation that would allow as many as 750 speed cameras on city streets, up from the current limit of 140.
“Over 80 percent of people who get that first speeding summons they don't speed again in that area," said Trottenberg at a press conference inside the State Capitol.
But Lanza doesn’t just oppose expanding the program, he wants it to end, claiming the city is not following the letter of the law.
It’s an argument NY1 first highlighted in March.
Under the law, a ticketed driver is entitled to a copy of a certificate signed by a technician verifying the camera was working properly.
Some motorists say the city makes it difficult for drivers to obtain the certificates.
Christopher Altieri got a judge to dismiss two tickets after the city failed to provide him with the required copies.
“Until residents receive those certificates these tickets ought to be summarily dismissed," said Lanza.
City Councilman Steve Matteo wrote Trottenberg in March voicing the same concerns.
Trottenberg replied that Matteo’s fears were "unfounded."
Altieri says he spoke with Mayor de Blasio about the issue last month during the mayor’s week-long visit to the borough.
"I showed him the law, he took the law in his hand and read through it with me and he seemed to understand that there's a problem," said Altieri.
One reason for the controversy is the wording of the law. It leads some drivers to believe the city is required to include a copy of the technician’s certificate with the summons.
The DOT says it has changed the wording of the summons.. to make it clear that’s not the case.
The DOT says it’s having discussions with Lanza and the entire Senate delegation about the speed-camera program.
The program is scheduled to end next year unless it is reauthorized by the Legislature.