Summer school in New York begins on July 5th, but the 140 school zones with speed cameras will lose them on July 26th, unless the state legislature does something about it.

The bill to renew and expand the cameras, which issue $50 tickets to drivers who speed in school zones during school hours and have reduced speeding by 63%, according to a DOT study, passed the Assembly, but could not get out of committee in the Senate before the legislature adjourned last month.

There has been a 23 percent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries to pedestrians in the select school zones since the cameras were installed in 2014, according to the city.

While most of the Senate supported the renewal of the cameras, Brooklyn State Senator Simcha Felder, a Democrat who caucuses with Republicans, demanded that speed cameras be tied to placing armed guards in schools.

Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden, a Republican whose car has been ticketed by the cameras at least three times in the last six months, has been a target of safe streets advocates for co-sponsoring legislation that would allow the cameras to expire in six months, and install stop signs and traffic lights instead.

Last week, protesters held a 24-hour vigil outside Golden's office, and five of them were arrested for blocking traffic, including Councilmember Brad Lander.

Golden's spokesman, John Quaglione, told Gothamist that the senator actually does support the cameras, despite his longtime opposition to them and despite his co-sponsorship of a rival bill: "Publicly, and in meetings with both advocates and those who have lost loved ones at the hands of dangerous drivers, Senator Golden has made known his co-sponsorship of legislation that maintains the current speed cameras and doubles the total number to 290."

We've asked Golden's spokesman for clarity on which bill he prefers, and will update if he responds.

On Thursday, safe streets advocates, City Councilmember Mark Treyger, and the DOE's First Deputy Chancellor Cheryl Watson-Harris will rally outside of P.S. 215 Morris H. Weiss School in Golden's district "to demand Senator Golden follow through on his stated support for speed safety cameras and use his influential position to guide the bill to a full vote in the Senate," according to a press release.

“I'm saying to localities, do the stop signs, do the lights,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said after the legislature went home last month. “We'll keep fighting for the cameras. But don't leave those intersections, don't leave those areas unprotected."

Cuomo had endorsed the expansion of the cameras, but ended up prioritizing his LaGuardia AirTrain.

The governor added that "it's not as simple as calling a special session."

"The way the Legislature works is, you don't want to call them back just to get the same answer."

We've asked the Governor's Office if they plan on calling the legislature back to address the issue and will update if they respond.

Update:
Golden spokesman John Quaglione sent us the following statement this afternoon: "Like those rallying today, Senator Golden has been strongly encouraging for the State Senate to return to Albany in order to act before the speed cameras go dark. As the supporters and advocates continue to keep the pressure on, they can be assured that they have an ally in Senator Golden, who just like them, acknowledges the importance of the life-saving speed camera program in New York City. That is why Senator Golden has co-sponsored the bill, S.6046-C, that will renew and double the number of cameras to 290 and wants a vote on it before July 25th."