Local lawmakers say NY state approval not needed to lower speed limits on city streets

A resolution to seek the state’s permission to potentially reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on certain Kingston streets was sent back to a Common Council committee to die after it was discovered the city already has the power to make such a change for itself.

The council on Tuesday voted unanimously to send the resolution back to its Public Safety/General Government Committee, where it is expected to be dropped from consideration. The move came after council Majority Leader Reynolds Scott-Childress, who introduced the original resolution, said he had recently discovered the city did not need state authority to reduce speed limits on particular streets as long as the changes follow the criteria set forth in the federal Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and state supplements to that document.

“We don’t need to ask the state for permission,” said Scott-Childress, D-Ward 3. “We don’t have to go the legislative route.