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SHOULD NYS TREAT RUNNING RED LIGHTS DIFFERENTLY IN YONKERS THAN GREENBURGH?
Release Date: May 28, 2009

In April of this year the New York State Legislature approved red light cameras to be installed at intersections in Yonkers, Nassau & Suffolk Counties. Cars that run red lights will receive tickets if caught on camera. Unfortunately, this new law only applies to a handful of communities in the state.
 There is no reason why the state should be limiting these cameras to only a few cities in New York State. Poor motorist behavior in Greenburgh, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon or Bedford should be treated no differently than bad driving in Yonkers, NYC, Nassau & Suffolk Counties (cities that can install red light cameras).
Every locality in New York State should be granted permission to install these red light safety cameras. Safety is important all over! Running red lights has caused 850 deaths and thousands of injuries each year. If red light cameras save one life it is worth it.
I urge the New York State Legislature to adopt a law that will treat every locality in New York State the same when it comes down to public safety.
 
At Wednesday nights new resident reception (held at the Greenburgh Library) about a dozen residents stopped by at the Abbott House table and expressed interest in becoming mentors to foster care children. Town Clerk Judith Beville, Town Councilwoman Sonja Brown, Town Attorney Tim Lewis and I have also expressed a desire to serve as foster care mentors. The requirement: only 2 hours a week of mentoring to a child. These two hours could make a world of a difference to a young person. If you are interested in signing up please contact Jack Toone, mentor and volunteer coordinator at jtoone@abbotthouse.net or call 591 7300 x 3090. Town Clerk Judith Beville's parents took in about a 100 foster care children during their lives.
 
The Town Board approved a new law that will enable the Chief of Police to impound vehicles against which three or more parking summonses have been issued but not paid. A significant number of owners are persistent violators. Some have out of state registration of vehicles, transfer ownership and re-register vehicles and are able to evade existing enforcement measures. This new law will enable the police to enforce parking orders in the case of vehicle owenrs who fail to timely respond to summonses issued for violations. The police indicated that they will use this law against the more significant violators.
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor



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