Law Allows Lower Speed Limits

Officials can drop to 25 mph

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Aug. 12 enacted a law that allows cities, villages and towns in New York to lower speed limits to 25 miles per hour. The previous law set the minimum at 30 mph.

The measure passed in the state Senate, 59-4, with Sue Serino (whose district includes the Highlands) voting yes, and in the Assembly, 149-0, with support from Sandy Galef (Philipstown) and Jonathan Jacobson (Beacon).

Cold Spring recently updated its Village Code, which had a 15-mph limit, to conform with the state’s 30-mph minimum, while the Beacon City Council in January of this year passed a resolution in support of a 25-mph minimum.

5 thoughts on “Law Allows Lower Speed Limits

  1. Quite relieved to discover that Sen. Sue Serino voted yes on speed law. I know that this was a priority issue for her as she may hold a PhD on the topic of auto safety.

    Latest accomplishment:: Open house for local Girl Scouts. Others: Blood drive, veggie coupons, woman’s networking parties. This icon in her time will be long remembered and revered.

  2. The state may be allowing municipalities to lower their speed limits to 25 miles per hour, but drivers have to drop their speed, too. We don’t see that happening in many places. And double lines, stop signs, yield signs — all seem optional for some people. [via Facebook]

  3. If people drive any slower than they already do, we would have to go in reverse. [via Facebook]

  4. Speed limits don’t mean anything if a road is built to be driven on fast. [via Facebook]

  5. I’ve confirmed with the New York Conference of Mayors and the state Department of Transportation that this law does not apply to the speed limit on Route 301/Main Street in Nelsonville because it’s classified as a state highway, not a local road. [via Facebook]

    Winward is the mayor of Nelsonville.