For advocates, this is a simple issue: Speed cameras near schools slow vehicles down and ultimately save children's lives.
"The cameras that we already have outside of schools reduce speeding by 63 percent and reduce injuries by 14 percent," said Blythe Austin of Transportation Alternatives.
But this is Albany. And it's never simple. The speed camera pilot program, which began in 2013, is set to expire this year. Unless it is renewed, the city will have to shut off the 140 cameras it has already installed.
Enter State Senator Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn Democrat who conferences with the Republicans.
Felder was blamed for holding up the budget earlier this year, and now he has introduced a bill to renew speed cameras but with a catch.
"I'm opposed to expanding or doing anything with cameras until Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City wakes up and understands that we are living in a time of terrorism throughout the world and there should be a cop with a gun in front of every school," Felder said.
Posting a cop at every city school, which is attached to Felder's speed camera bill, is a poison pill for Democrats.
"That is definitely is a non-starter. There are many schools that don't want police officers in their schools. When you talk about what's happened now, particularly in the City of New York where you have people feeling uncomfortable with police officers at schools, why are you tying it in?" said State Senator Jose Peralta.
Peralta's bill would not only renew speed cameras, but double the number. Further complicating matters, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has his own bill which ties the expansion of cameras to the introduction of speed cameras in the city of Buffalo.
Time is certainly running out. There are only three days left in legislative session next week before the session ends for the rest of the year.
While last minute deals are always possible at the State Capitol, at this point both sides are talking past each other.