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Councilmembers debate locations for school zone cameras

Mike Desmond/WBFO

Governor Cuomo apparently hasn't even signed legislation allowing surveillance cameras in Buffalo school zones but there's already a fight developing about where the cameras will go.

Do the numbers: There are more than 100 public, parochial, private and charter schools in Buffalo. The bill passed by the State Legislature only allows 20 cameras.

"I plan to have one in the University District, as many of my constituents have talked about the speeding," said Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt.

He's specifically targeting the speeding traffic on Suffolk Street near Olmsted High School.

Of course, the legislation isn't official and there will only be so many cameras available.

"I want Best (Street), near City Honors," Council President Darius Pridgen offered as one of his preferred locations.

"I pass by, almost every day, and see people speeding through that zone and students trying to cross that street. Running the red light there is dangerous," Pridgen pointed out.

Councilmember Ulysees Wingo wants a camera near School 61 at Grider and Leroy.

The city and city public schools are trying to get legal permission for 15-miles-per-hour speed limits around school buildings.

"It won't  totally be my choice," Pridgen promised.

"We will vote on it as a Council. Get some information, of course, from the Board of Education and then, I think, almost all nine Councilmembers are going to fight to get one in certain areas."


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.