Nine people were arrested Thursday evening while blocking traffic outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's midtown office, as part of a protest against Albany's failure to renew and expand speed camera legislation in NYC. Holding a banner declaring "CHILDREN ARE GOING TO DIE," nine demonstrators stood at the intersection of East 40th Street and Third Avenue shortly before 8 p.m., until they were arrested by NYPD officers.

The NYPD charged all nine with disorderly conduct. Many of the protesters at last night's demonstration were part of the group Families for Safe Streets, which includes relatives of victims of traffic violence. Among those arrested was Amy Tam Liao, whose three-year-old daughter Allison was killed by a reckless driver five years ago.

The 2018 legislative session in Albany ended "with a whimper" on Wednesday without action on a speed camera bill. 140 speed cameras are currently positioned around NYC schools, but they will be turned off in July because the State Senate failed to advance legislation to renew and expand the program. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest uniformed police union and a major source of campaign contribution for Albany politicians, opposes speed cameras because they say automating the enforcement of traffic laws costs NYPD jobs.

Activists and some lawmakers, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, are calling on Cuomo to bring legislators back for a special session to renew the speed camera law. Critics say that although Cuomo has paid lip service to the bill, he did not apply enough pressure to get the Senate to take action.

"Many, many lives have been saved, but last night, the leader of our state failed us,” said Amy Cohen, whose son was struck and killed by a driver five years ago, at last night's protest. "He got a bridge named after his father, he got a train, but he failed to pass the speed camera program."

Speed camera advocates also blasted Brooklyn Senator Simcha Felder for blocking the legislation even though it had enough votes to pass. Felder had insisted on making any yes vote on speed cameras contingent upon his push for armed guards in schools.

Yesterday Cuomo said he may call a special session, Politico's Jimmy Vielkind reports: “I will bring them back at any time on a moment’s notice. We argued about it, literally, for the past several weeks. I think the Senate is 100% wrong. I think the cameras are effective. I think it’s an abrogation of their responsibility."

Safe streets activists are determined to see it happen.