FARMINGDALE, NY: On the morning of Friday, March 25th, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Kevin McCaffrey and Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Rich Nicolello served as keynote speakers for Vision Long Island’s Complete Streets Summit.
The Complete Streets Summit is an effort by Vision Long Island to bring community stakeholders, including but not limited to the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Chambers of Commerce, Public Works Departments, Elected Officials, Engineers, and public interest coalitions to increase the safety of Long Island’s pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists through common sense and fair solutions to all parties involved.
In his opening remarks, Presiding Officer McCaffrey was proud to speak to the accomplishments of the Village of Lindenhurst in their downtown revitalization efforts aimed at increasing the walkability of the downtown area.
Moreover, Presiding Officer McCaffrey expressed his displeasure with the “gotcha” profit-minded goals of Suffolk County’s Red Light Camera and School Bus Safety camera programs. It is the intention of the Presiding Officer to eliminate these traps that force the hard working men and women of our County to take days off of work to plead innocence for a violation that would not have been issued by any person with discretion or common sense.
He elaborated that these programs do have the ability to serve a legitimate public safety interest, but presently do not appear to do so. Presiding Officer McCaffrey and the Majority Caucus will continue the fight until all the revenue generating goals of the program are removed.
Legislator Kevin McCaffrey represents Suffolk County's 14th Legislative District, which encompasses the Villages of Lindenhurst and Babylon, the hamlets of West Babylon and North Lindenhurst, portions of Copiague, North Babylon, and Babylon's barrier beach communities.