It’s counterintuitive but even on as local an issue as speed limits on a street, state government matters.
State Senator Simcha Felder (Brooklyn) introduced a bill to raise speed limits on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, one of the main street in his district. Felder, a registered Democrat who joined the Republican Party in the Senate, got the bill included in the Senate’s budget proposal so there’s a decent chance it’ll pass.
What’s going on?
The state legislature must approve the budget by tomorrow and legislators are all trying to get their pet issues included. Republicans control the State Senate thanks to Simcha Felder and the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of eight Democrats who support Republican control of the Senate. That means Simcha Felder has some significant leverage. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-controlled State Assembly will need to agree.