January 13, 2014

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Newburgh chief hopes for red light cameras

NEWBURGH – A proposal that was made late last year to allow small cities to install red light cameras would greatly help cities like Newburgh, Police Chief Michael Ferrara said.

At present, only cities with a population of over one million may install those cameras at intersections to catch motorists who blow through red lights or stop signs.

Ferrara said it would make a big difference for his city if they were allowed to have those cameras.

“I think it would be great for smaller cities too and the cities in Orange County where you have a traffic camera that works seven days a week, 24 hours a day, monitoring those who go through red lights and cause accidents,” the chief said.  “That’s a huge effort.”

The Newburgh City Council has conveyed its sentiment to Albany urging such a change in the law.

Not a new issue.  Ferarra and former County Legislator Patrick Berardinelli on Dupont Street last fall,
to highlight stop sign and traffic light abuse


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