Return of school zone cameras possible to plug Nassau budget gap

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Nassau's controversial school zone cameras, responsible for $24 million in speeding tickets and ultimately scrapped after a public outcry, may still have a future in the county. 

In an interview with Newsday, incoming County Executive-elect Laura Curran declined to rule out bringing back the program as a way to generate revenue to plug a multimillion-dollar hole in the budget. 

News 12 Long Island tried to confirm whether she supports bringing the cameras back, but she declined an interview.   

Instead, she issued a statement that did not address the camera issue. The statement called for "responsible budgeting and ensuring every single dime of taxpayer money is spent on real services residents expect and deserve."

Adam L. Barsky, chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, said the board would support it if it was implemented differently than last time.

"If they brought it back, they would need to have a plan as to how they would do it in a way to address all of the concerns that were raised previously," said Barsky. "I think that can be accomplished."

Republicans in the Legislature have already said they would oppose bringing back the cameras. Democrats refused to comment at this time.
 

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