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State lawmakers call for local control of speed limits

Three Republican state legislators Tuesday called for legislation to allow local governments to alter speed limits without obtaining Albany's approval.

A bill to reduce the speed limit on Mapleton Road from 55 mph to 45 mph passed the Senate this year but was shelved in an Assembly committee. Various bills giving local governments control over speed limits also failed.

State Sen. Robert G. Ortt of North Tonawanda, Assemblyman Raymond Walter of Amherst and Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello of Niagara Falls spoke in front of Starpoint Central School on Mapleton Road in Pendleton.

"When we have local residents and officials all pointing to the same safety issues along a particular stretch in front of a school, there’s no reason local government shouldn’t be able to act," Ortt said.

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