Governor Kathy Hochul may not be camera shy during the campaign trail, but her vehicles driven by state troopers travel incognito when it comes to being photographed for speeding and red lights turned on.
Hochul and Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado — Democrats pushing campaign platforms to limit car use — are driven around New York City and state in SUVs equipped with license plates that cannot be flagged by traffic cameras, The Post has learned.
Contrary to NYPD security details of Mayor Eric Adams and other city officials whose vehicles are not obscured by review of the camera program, state-owned vehicles used by the Police Services Unit state police protection to transport Hochul, his Democratic running mate, and their staff return as “NO-HIT” in the Department of Motor Vehicles database.
A state police spokesperson confirmed that plate numbers are designed to remain anonymous “as a security measure,” adding that such a protocol has been in place for about 50 years.
Critics said Hochul and her security department should be held to the same standards of misconduct as anyone else – especially since she helped lead vast expansions of speed camera programs and of red city lights. She is also pushing for congestion pricing tolls in Manhattan as part of her platform to retain Republican challenger Lee Zeldin in the Nov. 8 election.
“She’s not above the law,” Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) said. “For her to push to install more cameras for the rest of us – but not apply them to her or her staff – is disgusting and disturbing.”
The state legislature must take steps to ensure public oversight of potential reckless driving by the governor’s security, he added.
Holden was one of half a dozen city officials who had no idea state vehicles could beat the system. Neither did officials from the city’s Department of Transportation, which oversees more than 2,000 speed cameras and at least 223 other red-light cameras across the city.
Joseph Cornetta, a Bayport, NY-based private investigator and former NYPD detective hired by The Post, went through the license plates of vehicles that transported Hochul and Delgado over the past few months via a database to verify records. property and infringement – only to learn there no information was available. Media does not have access to DMV records such as registration.
In September, The Post used a public DOT data portal to reveal that two city-issued SUVs used by Adams’ NYPD security details were filmed three times in five months for speeding in school zones. .
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, a Republican who lost the 2021 mayoral race to Adams, said it was bizarre that the mayor was not spared from traffic cameras in New York, but Hochul l ‘is.
“She presses drivers to the point where they can no longer afford to live in New York and she drives with impunity. Unreal!” fumed Sliwa.
Eric McClure, executive director of road safety group StreetsPAC, said he understands the need to keep the “Governor and Lieutenant Governor safe in these crazy times…but I think it’s important that all details of elected officials are held accountable for their conduct. .”
Representatives for Adams and Hochul did not return messages.
DMV spokeswoman Lisa Koumijian said the agency – which does not normally monitor camera violations – found no “evidence of outstanding or unresolved enforcement issues” regarding license plates. registration reported by The Post.