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STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES ON MARTY GOLDEN’S REFUSAL TO ACT ON SPEED CAMERAS

Marty Golden does not care about pedestrian safety. If he did, he would keep his promise and pass legislation to double the number of speed cameras in school zones. He’s been opposed to speed cameras for the past seven years and only now claims to support them after intense political pressure. His support is insincere and disingenuine.  We can only surmise that the reason Golden is so opposed to this life-saving technology is because he has racked up 14 school zone speeding tickets since 2014 - including 3 this year alone! Golden has accumulated more speed camera violations than 97 percent of the car owners in New York City.

His new alternative proposal to add more stop signs and street lights is an insult to common sense and to all those who live in fear of crossing the street because of speeding traffic. Like a fox guarding the hen house, this is just another attempt on his part to con his constituents into thinking he’s doing something to help them, when in fact he’s helping drivers like himself, who repeatedly speed through school zones and are tired of being caught.  Our community needs a state senator who is serious about doing the right thing and fighting for them.

Pedestrian safety is not a partisan issue. Take a look at the evidence yourself:

  1. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/speed-camera-report-june2017.pdf

  2. http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/speed-cameras-yield-long-term-safety-benefits-iihs-study-shows

  3. http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/cms/downloads/WhitePaper_AutomatedSafetyEnforcement_PBIC.pdf

  4. https://www.racfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/efficacy_of_speed_cameras_allsop_181110.pdf

  5. http://whatworks.college.police.uk/About/News/Pages/Speed-cameras.aspx

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Gounardes is an attorney and community advocate running for the State Senate in the 22nd District, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood. He is graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School. He serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, was a former aide to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, and served on Community Board 10. You can read more at www.andrewgounardes.com.