NY state rule change eases burden on municipalities that want speed limit changes

Information that municipalities previously were required to provide included the amount and type development along any road in question, features and the physical condition of the road, one or more speed studies, and a report with recommendations from a professional engineer.

Harris, in challenging the old rules, said the state Department of Transportation (DOT) was exceeding its authority and requiring municipalities to take actions that are not required under New York law.

“Imposing DOT procedures on the municipality is beyond the mandate of the law, creates a financial burden on taxpayers and interferes with local government’s duty to protect the safety of its residents,” she wrote in a letter to state officials.