2001-08-01 / Political Page

Strip Putting People At Risk

(L. to R.): Farrell, Eleni Kasanidis George Kasanidis and Markey.

Assemblymember Margaret Markey and Democratic City Council Candidate Matthew Farrell joined in supporting community residents in their effort to get a traffic signal at the intersection of 65th Place and 53rd Avenue.

Farrell said, "Over the last few months a number of people, including two senior citizens and a schoolboy, have been struck by vehicles on this strip. Every day that passes without installing safety devices to slow down the traffic is another opportunity for someone to get hurt."

Traffic studies performed by the City Department of Transportation at the request of community members and elected officials have rejected the use of safety devices on 65th Place. However, not only is 65th Place a wide thoroughfare with a large amount of vehicular traffic, but it also has a hill that makes visibility for pedestrians and vehicles difficult.

Markey said, "This has been an ongoing problem that has continued to worsen and the residents have demanded something be done about it. DOT should make every effort to see that a traffic signal be installed immediately."

Representatives from the Police Department and approximately 70 concerned citizens of the community joined Markey and Farrell at the demonstration.

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