Albany Update: Hayley and Diego Hearing; Bus Riders Waiting for Shelly

We have a few quick updates on pending traffic safety legislation to pass along.

The Senate transportation committee will take up Hayley and Diego’s law and the Senate’s bus camera bill next Tuesday, June 8, at 12:30 p.m. Hayley and Diego’s law, New York’s version of a vulnerable user bill, has been assigned a calendar number in the Assembly, but it’s unclear when it will be given a floor vote.

As we reported last week, there has been no action in Shelly Silver’s Assembly to approve technology that would speed transit trips for hundreds of thousands of city bus riders.

In other automated enforcement news, the Assembly has asked the City Council for a home rule resolution in support of legislation to establish speed cameras in the city. As of this writing, sources tell us the council has issued no response. We have a message in with Speaker Christine Quinn’s office to check the status of the Assembly request.


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Assembly Kneecaps Complete Streets; Senate Passes Hayley & Diego’s Law

Just when you thought the State Assembly was safe for forward-thinking transportation legislation, Rochester rep David Gantt, the Transportation Committee chair formerly of bus cam-killing fame, has thrown a wrench into attempts to pass a complete streets bill. The complete streets bill would require almost all new and reconstructed roads in the state to accommodate […]

Albany Update: Bill to Protect Peds and Cyclists One Step Closer to Law

At yesterday’s meeting of the State Senate codes committee, Hayley and Diego’s Law passed in a 13-3 vote. The bill, which should give prosecutors greater leeway to bring charges against motorists who injure or kill pedestrians and cyclists, now moves to the finance committee. It passed the full Assembly earlier this week. Three Republicans, including […]

Victims’ Families and Electeds Urge Paterson to Sign Traffic Safety Law

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer pressed for traffic safety legislation. He was joined by, from left, Council Member Margaret Chin, the families of Hayley Ng and Diego Martinez, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White. Photo: Noah Kazis With the stroke of a pen, Governor David Paterson could make New York’s […]