Buffalo school zone speed cameras in limbo despite council vote to do away with the program

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The future of Buffalo’s controversial school zone speed cameras is in limbo, even after the Common Council voted last week to do away with the program.

The council voted last week 6-3 to end the program as it is now. It was supposed to then go to they Mayor’s desk.

The Mayor says it’s not on his desk due to improper procedure regarding a vote for immediate passage.

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s office wrote an explanation to News 4, saying that according to the city charter, “Immediate passage required the Mayor’s signature that is primarily used in cases of emergency or deadlines. The council did not have the Mayor’s signature to bypass the committee process. Legislation that does not take effect until September is not emergent or imminent. Therefore the legislation has not moved.”

University District Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt is the one who introduced the resolution as the end of last month.

News 4 asked him about the Mayor’s claim; Wyatt says attorneys he has spoken with says the adopted resolution is fine, and that the council will stand its ground by doing what its constituents have asked council members to do.

“This is just another opportunity for the Mayor to drag his feet when he’s talking about safety of children, and we put this forward quickly so that he can begin the process of putting those non punitive measures in place. if we’re talking about children’s safety, we want these cameras down,” Wyatt said.

He says with the school year winding down, he’s hoping that change can come quickly, but if not, the resolution calls for September 1.

Those changes would raise the speed limit in the current school speed zones from 15 to 20 miles per hour and replace the cameras would speed radar signs.

Erica Brecher is an anchor and reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2018. See more of her work here.

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