Using angry language, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking on three state senators for not approving cameras that would have targeted speeding motorists across the city. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
A paramedic survives the September 11th attacks, then is killed when a car slams into his ambulance.
A couple and their unborn child were killed on the way to the hospital.
What their deaths have in common is the belief they were hit by speeding cars, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that similar deaths in the future can be blamed not just on those going too fast, but on three state lawmakers.
"Senators Dean Skelos or Marty Golden or Simcha Felder, who were certainly most responsible for blocking the speed cameras that would save lives," the mayor said.
The cameras are similar to red light cameras. Allowing a limited number in the city didn't pass the state Senate.
Bloomberg was unusually direct in faulting the three, especially because he's been close with them. The mayor has given the state senators or their political groups thousands of dollars in campaign donations.
But last year, the number of people killed in speeding-related accidents was 65 percent higher than 2011. So at an unrelated news conference, a seemingly fed up Bloomberg suggested that reporters call the three senators if another child is killed on the streets.
"Maybe you want to give those phone numbers to the parents of the child when a child is killed," Bloomberg said. "That would be useful so that the parents can know exactly who's to blame."
The bill would have allowed 20 cameras placed around schools. Sensors would then target vehicles going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Cameras would then snap pictures of those caught speeding.
Skelos, the Republican leader of the Senate, declined comment.
In a statement, Felder said, in part, "The addition of speed cameras to an already over-saturated network of Big Brother Bloomberg cameras is nothing more than a means to generate revenue."
Golden's office said he was resting after an all-night budget vote. A statement from Golden said that cameras have failed to work elsewhere.
"If we can prove that the technology is sound, and document unequivocally that it will reduce speeding and fatalities, that would provide a strong reason to consider the possibility of speed camera legislation," Golden's statement read.
That's not expected to be anytime soon.