2017-09-13 / Political Page

Koo, Stavisky Announce New Traffic Light


(L. to r.); Thomas S. Kim, Esq., President of the Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ), Adam Kim, Chair of KAAQ, NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo, Young Hwan Kim, President of the Murray Hill Merchant Association, and Robert Han, H&Y Marketplace. (L. to r.); Thomas S. Kim, Esq., President of the Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ), Adam Kim, Chair of KAAQ, NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo, Young Hwan Kim, President of the Murray Hill Merchant Association, and Robert Han, H&Y Marketplace. NYC Councilman Peter Koo and NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky joined with community groups on September 5 to announce the installation of a new traffic light at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and 150th Place in Flushing. The intersection lies in a busy commercial corridor, where local businesses include the popular Korea Village, H&Y Supermarket, banks, and other retail establishments.

After its initial study, the city determined a traffic signal would be inappropriate at the location, so in March, Koo and Stavisky met with DOT officials at the intersection to highlight how a traffic light would improve safety and congestion in the area. DOT approved the signal last week. Last week, Koo and Stavisky were joined by the Korean American Association of Queens, the Murray Hill Merchant Association, and H&Y Supermarket to thank the city for listening to the concerns of the community.

Councilman Koo stated, “Without a doubt, this traffic signal will prevent accidents, reduce congestion, and save lives. This is a very busy commercial corridor on Northern Boulevard where traffic simply needed more controls to ensure everyone’s safety. A signal is the best way to direct the large number of cars that slow down here in attempt to enter the surrounding businesses. While it’s not often that the city changes its mind after deciding against a signal, after seeing firsthand the problems that exist here, we are happy to see that the city put common-sense safety first. The local businesses represented by the Korean American Association of Queens and the Murray Hill Merchant Association were steadfast advocates for this signal, and I would like to thank them, the senator, and the DOT for constructively working together to improve our community.”

Senator Stavisky stated, “I keep a to-do list with me every day of both long and short-term projects. I am happy to say Commissioner Nicole Garcia has enabled me to cross yet another task off my list. The community and I knew for a long time that a traffic signal was needed at 150th Place, so when the Department of Transportation originally declared this intersection unfit for a traffic light, we knew something was wrong. Thankfully, Commissioner Garcia heard our concerns, and together with civic leaders and Councilmember Koo, came for an on-site visit. With the reassessment completed, we will finally be getting a light. Any opportunity we have to make our roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians, it is important that we take care of it before someone gets hurt. I want to thank Commissioner Garcia, Councilman Koo, and community leaders for working to make the streets of Flushing that much safer for us all.”

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