Picking up where former Councilman Leroy Comrie left off, council members Donovan Richards and Daneek Miller joined together at the intersection to tell the surrounding residential community that new traffic lights are on the way.
“No longer will our children have to fear speeding cars at this intersection,” Richards said.
The announcement of the new lights comes just weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed his focus on traffic issues with the Vision Zero initiative, a 10-year plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in NYC.
“With these new measures in place, our youth and seniors will be able to enjoy this park without concerns of reckless drivers striking them down before their time,” Richards said.
State Senator Malcolm Smith praised the city for alleviating the problems surrounding the intersection, which he says has caused so much distress for so many years.
“That corner of the intersection right there has been bad for about 15 years or so,” Smith said. “This is a good public safety day. At this point in time, this has been one of the major challenges of this community for a long time.”
Assemblywoman Barbara Clark said she is confident the new lights are a step in the right direction.
“For years I have sought to have traffic-calming devices, like this light, installed in the 33rd Assembly District,” Clark said. “Hopefully Mayor de Blasio’s recently announced efforts to reduce traffic fatalities will signal a lessening of the bureaucratic hurdles previously required.”