Speeding is a new state emergency. So says Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"We are in an emergency situation," Cuomo said.
In an unprecedented move, the governor, City Council and mayor have all joined forces to reinstate the city's speed camera program around 140 schools.
The law expired earlier this summer after state Senate republicans failed to renew it.
So instead, the governor signed an executive order on Monday to reinstate the speed camera law and to give the Department of Motor Vehicles power to share data with the City Council.
It took the power from the state legislature in Albany and sent it right to the New York City Council.
"The council is taking action through local law. We will vote on that bill this Wednesday," said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
The council is planning to pass legislation this week to create its own speed camera program. The mayor is expected to sign it.
"We came to the realization at the city level that there was a legal pathway to pass legislation that would give us the ability to put these cameras up and to provide a penalty for people who are speeding through a different process than what the state legislature did," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The move was a rare moment of agreement for de Blasio and Cuomo, who have been at odds for years.
"I want to thank the mayor. We have had numerous conversations on this topic," Cuomo said.
"I had a number of conversations with the governor, and our teams talked, and I think this is a very helpful action," de Blasio said.
Together, the two targeted state Senate Republicans, who they argue have been holding the program hostage.
"I never believed they would be this irresponsible, this tone deaf, where they would actually jeopardize young lives," Cuomo said.
This emergency declaration expires in 30 days, which means it may have to be approved over and over again to continue the program. That's unless the state Senate decides to hold a special session in Albany, which seems unlikely to happen.