Shining a Light on Albany’s Bus Camera Vote

bus_lane.jpgA source sends along this roll call of the State Assembly transportation committee’s vote on bus-mounted enforcement cameras. The names come from the official record; whether the record accurately reflects who raised a hand and who didn’t is not certain, for reasons explained below. Note that the vote was on whether to table the bill, so "Yes" actually means "No" to better bus lane enforcement. You can match names to districts here.

YES: (14)
Gantt, Lafayette, Weisenberg, Hoyt, Perry, DelMonte, Latimer, Lupardo, Alessi, Gabryszak, Hyer-Spencer, Titone, Schimel, Spano.

NO: (11)
Cusick, Millman, R. Diaz, Maisel, McDonough, Thiele, Bacalles, Errigo, Reilich, Giglio, Tobacco.

Among the "Yes" column, Lafayette, Perry, Hyer-Spencer, and Titone represent districts in the five boroughs.

Multiple sources told Streetsblog that the vote was held soon after committee chair David Gantt called the meeting, at around two in the afternoon. They described a rushed scene in which advocates and legislators were scrambling to make it to the room where the meeting was held. The location of committee meetings is not known, even to legislators, until the chair announces it.

Not everyone on the committee made it in time for the vote. According to parliamentary rules, the votes of absent members are automatically counted as "Yes" votes. There is some time between the committee vote — in this case, a show of hands — and the official recording of the roll call. During this gap, one source told us, legislators can change how their vote is recorded, but the tally of the committee vote cannot be altered.

That clears things up, right?

Readers emailing their Assembly reps to voice displeasure with Albany’s opacity might consider copying their messages to Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Photo: julieleone/Flickr

  • Davis

    I’m not sure what the hell is going on up in Albany but it definitely isn’t democracy and it definitely isn’t benefiting the people of New York City.

    That is for sure.

  • Larry Littlefield

    You can’t dismiss the possibility that legislators voting “no” received permission to do so after it was determined the vote would go “yes,” and that such members are actually opposed due to the opposition of some special interest. I don’t believe anything up there other than the results as they affect me.

  • When even an openly gay legislator like Matthew Titone can’t vote for a bill that he *sponsored*, you know the system’s broken.

    Of course, he, O’Donnell, Glick, and Kellner were of no help with congestion pricing, either.

    Although it’s Pride Month, I can’t say I feel much pride in our LGBT representation up in Albany.

  • da

    Maybe Gantt will come around on this issue once he figures out how to steer the contract to some of his cronies.

  • I think I’ve just lost all faith in government.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I think I’ve just lost all faith in government.”

    It’s about time.

    In any event, in a further irony I believe some of the dedicated MTA taxes, collected only in the Metropolitan Transportation District downstate, have been used to pay for transit systems upstate, including Rochester.

  • Spud Spudly

    WHAAAA?!?!?! That is insane. The location of the meeting isn’t even known in advance? And then late legislators can change how their vote is recorded but not how it’s tallied???

    Just shoot me already.

  • Streetsman

    WHY THE F*** DO THEY CARE?!

    Why in God’s name are they voting against this when it comes endorsed by the City Council? I am livid I could just slap them! Why are they blocking our efforts to improve our local transit system?!

    I want to drive up to this jerk’s district and tear out all the traffic lights and tell him that we here in New York City don’t think that traffic lights are a good idea for their streets. If it causes congestion, tough luck. Oh, unless you get your traffic lights from my buddy here.

  • Paul

    This country is effed up. Maybe we need a little more iron fists.

  • Anonymouse

    “Maybe we need a little more iron fists.” No, from the sounds of it, we need actual democratic proceedings, not an attempt to subvert democracy. Albany sounds like the Soviet bureaucracy.

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