State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation June to allow towns throughout New York State to establish their own speed limits.
Currently, towns are required to seek permission from the New York State Department of Transportation to change a speed limit, a sometimes long and arduous process. However, villages, towns with populations greater than 50,000 residents, suburban class towns and all cities are not required to seek the same approval.
The bill (S.547) would require towns wanting to set maximum speed limits do so in accordance with standards already set forth by New York State. Changes would have to be certified by a licensed professional engineer specializing in traffic operations. Towns not wanting to set their own speed limits could continue to retain the Department of Transportation’s oversight and approval.
The bill was sent to the Assembly.