“People here aren’t afraid of getting mugged – they’re afraid of getting hit.” – Assemblyman Lentol
Press Release via Joe Lentol’s Office: Assemblyman Lentol Responds to Latest Tragedy on McGuinness Boulevard
Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) responded today to the tragic death of a young woman Sunday night at the intersection of Nassau Avenue and McGuinness Boulevard.
“Another heartbreaking accident at this deadly intersection calls for swift action in the New Year under the new mayoral administration to install red light cameras, speed cameras, and new traffic calming measures,” said the Assemblyman.
Lentol continued, “I pledge to make this a top priority. Everyone knows McGuinness Boulevard is treacherous. Last year, I voted to approve new locations for speed cameras in school zones, and McGuinness Boulevard by PS 34 should be first on the list to get one. We need the new mayor to act swiftly because cameras would slow traffic down and make the entire thoroughfare safer.”
Assemblyman Lentol has also pushed the City for years to install traffic calming measures along McGuinness Boulevard, especially at the Nassau Avenue intersection. After this weekend’s tragedy Lentol has called upon the new mayor to focus on this very important safety issue.
“I have letters asking for safety improvements going back at least five years, probably more,” said the Assemblyman.
In finishing his statement Lentol said, “Residents should be able to walk to and from the stores on Manhattan Avenue, the G train and wherever else they may be going without putting their lives in danger by simply crossing the street. People here aren’t afraid of getting mugged – they’re afraid of getting hit. It’s a real fear. It’s a valid fear. Sadly, that is how serious the problem has become at the intersections along McGuinness Boulevard.”
Assemblyman Lentol said 2014 offers the opportunity to take advantage of the work already done to raise this issue to prominence in the minds of city officials and accomplish the task of installing cameras, slowing traffic and creating safer crossings for everyone.