Malliotakis, Lanza Highlight Another Flaw in Bus Lane Camera Program

Assemblywoman Malliotakis joins Senator Andrew Lanza and constituent Joseph Masterson to protest the bus lane camera program on Staten Island.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I-Staten Island) hosted a press conference at the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Garretson Avenue on Tuesday to call on the NYC Department of Transportation to address yet another shortfall in its bus lane camera program.

Malliotakis and Lanza were accompanied by Mr. Joseph Masterson who was issued a violation for driving through the intersection in the southbound lane of Hylan Boulevard without making a right-hand turn onto Garretson Avenue, despite the fact that Garretson Avenue is a one-way street headed toward Hylan Boulevard. Mr. Masterson did proceed to make a right turn onto Seaview Avenue–the next immediate right. Appeals to the NYC Department of Transportation and Department of Finance by the lawmakers and Mr. Masterson have been unsuccessful. The two lawmakers called the intersection an “entrapment” and the latest “money grab” by the City of New York.

“It’s hurting the people of Staten Island,” said Lanza. “It’s not about safety–it’s about money. They’re making life worse here on Staten Island.”

“This is just another example of how the bus lane camera program is not working on Staten Island and it’s a perfect example of entrapment,” said Malliotakis. “It’s New York City’s latest get-rich-quick scheme and we’re going to continue to fight.”