Authorizes the town of Mamaroneck and the village of Mamaroneck to designate a portion of West Boston Post Road (New York Route 1) as a school zone.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (2): Diaz, Peralta
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to authorizing the town of Mamaroneck and the village of Mamaroneck to designate a portion of New York Route 1 as a school zone
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To allow the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Mamaroneck the authority to designate a portion of New York Route 1, commonly known as the Boston Post Road, as a school zone, to permit a lower speed limit during school hours given the presence of both Mamaroneck High School and Hommocks Middle School in close proximity to the route.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Provides the authority for the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Mamaroneck to designate a school speed zone on West Boston Post Road (New York Route 1) between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM on school days, between Winthrop Avenue in the Town and the entrance to Town Hall, located at 740 W. Boston Post Road, in the Village.
Section 2: Establishes an immediate effective date for the legislation.
EXISTING LAW: Section 1, Not withstanding highway law, the vehicle and traffic law or any other laws or any other laws to the contrary, this provision authorizes the town of Mamaroneck and the village of Mamaroneck to designate school speed zones on West Boston Post Road (New York Route 1) between 7AM and 5PM.
JUSTIFICATION: Boston Post Road (New York Route I) is a heavily traveled road through the Sound Shore communities of Westchester County, with commercial truck traffic as well as standard vehicles. The road goes past many schools, including Rye High School/Middle School and Osborn Elementary School in the City of Rye, adjacent to the north and east of the Village of Mamaroneck, and through the City of New Rochelle, adjacent to the Town of Mamaroneck to the south and west. Since cities have the authority to regulate speed limits on Route 1, they are able to adjust those limits to better protect their students traveling to and from schools. The Village and Town of Mamaroneck are unable to do the same, since such power is not given to villages and towns under New York law, While that power is properly restricted in general cases, the particularly high traffic volume on this road, and the presence of both High School and Middle School buildings in this corridor along with numerous fast-food and strip mall businesses frequented by the students before, during and after classes creates a hazard and potential tragedy that we can help lessen by allowing both governments the opportunity to lower speed limits. Notwithstanding the presence of Traffic signals and crosswalks in some locations on the corridor, the car movements in and out of the strip mall lots, the right and left turns off the main road, and the speed of drivers seeking to "make time" on this stretch of the road, necessitates providing the added authority to lower speed limits on this road. This proposal has the support of both municipal governments' governing bodies, both police forces, and a wide array of parents and community activists. The local Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce has registered no opposition to this proposal.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: (Latimer) 10/14/11- referred transportation 01/04/12- referred transportation
(Oppenheimer) 05/31/12- Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to New York State
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2060 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 10, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT in relation to authorizing the town of Mamaroneck and the village of Mamaroneck to designate a portion of New York Route 1 as a school zone THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the highway law, the vehicle and traffic law or any other laws to the contrary, the town of Mamaroneck and the village of Mamaroneck are hereby authorized to desig- nate a school speed zone on West Boston Post Road (New York Route 1) with a posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour, effective school days between 7 AM and 5 PM, to be located between Winthrop Avenue in the town of Mamaroneck and the entrance of Mamaroneck Town Hall, 740 West Boston Post Road, in the village of Mamaroneck. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05132-01-3