Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Families for Safe Streets

Wednesday’s Headlines: ‘Sammy’s Law’ Momentum in Albany Edition

12:03 AM EDT on May 24, 2023

Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez at a rally to support Sammy’s Law last month. Photo: Transportation Alternatives

The effort to allow New York City to set speed limits below 25 miles per hour has a new backer — state Assembly Transportation Chair Bill Magnarelli (D-Syracuse), who endorsed the bill package known as "Sammy's Law" during a meeting in Albany with members of Families for Safe Streets on Tuesday.

Magnarelli had previously said he would only support the legislation if the City Council passed a home rule message asking for its passage. The Council has yet to pass such a message, but last week the chair of its own Transportation Committee, Selvena Brooks-Powers (D-Queens), said she would vote in favor.

Gov. Hochul also gave a boost to the bill in a statement posted Tuesday on Twitter.

"Giving New York City the ability to lower its speed limit will prevent crashes and save lives," she wrote.

In other news:

    • Streetsblog's Jesse Coburn appeared on NJ Spotlight News to talk about his investigation into used car dealers in New Jersey and Georgia who print and sell fraudulent temporary license plates.
    • New York's neighbors to the northeast are talking big on transit-oriented development ... while also cutting transit service. (CT Mirror)
    • Great minds? Like Streetsblog, the War on Cars podcast interviewed Henry Grabar about his new book, "Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World." (TWOC)
    • WPIX dove into the MTA's fare proposals.
    • Cops arrested a homeless man for shoving a woman into a moving train car, causing severe injuries. (NY Post, amNY, NBC New York)
    • Transit advocates push "fair fares" expansion ahead of looming fare hike. (NYDN)
    • An ex-firefighter pleads guilty to wrong-way, drunk killing of Queens teacher. (News 12 Long Island)
    • NYC's least-appreciated civil servants fight for better working conditions. (Gothamist)
    • Zero injuries after school bus carrying six kids bursts into flames in Queens. (CBS New York)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Legislation Introduced in Georgia to Fight Temporary License Plate Fraud

The bill is the most significant effort yet to stop the flow of fraudulent paper tags from Georgia car dealerships to New York City streets.

February 23, 2024

Community Board Backs DOT Road Diet for Brooklyn’s Deadly Third Av.

“This is just a beginning of what we could do to fix our community,” said one board member. “This is not done, this is not where we finish off.”

February 23, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: More Lunch Consumption Edition

Streetfilms goes to Paris. Plus more news.

February 23, 2024

Advocates Slam Albany Pols for Using Transit Fund to Encourage Driving

Gov. Hochul and state legislators in Albany are spending a congestion pricing-adjacent fund on toll rebates for drivers and showing zero interest in bus or rail, transit advocates charged.

February 23, 2024

Serious Crash in Greenpoint Again Reveals Flaws in City Design, Enforcement Against Reckless Drivers

A woman was seriously injured — and is clinging to life — because a driver with a long record of recklessness slammed into her on a Greenpoint Street as she came home with milk.

February 22, 2024
See all posts