Voters in the Tudor Village section of Ozone Park will no longer have to play a game of Frogger to get to the voting booth.
After redistricting, residents in that neighborhood had their voting place moved from PS 63 on Sutter Avenue to PS 232 in Lindenwood, requiring them to venture across busy Conduit Boulevard.
The voters affected are in the 60th Election District of the 23rd Assembly District and included those living between 84th and 77th streets south of Pitkin Avenue. Though the area is only about a quarter of a mile from PS 232, it is separated from the school by Conduit Boulevard, which can only be crossed via a footbridge or by car.
Part of the same ED includes a section south of the Conduit in the “jewel streets” section of Lindenwood, including voters as far south as 153th Avenue and 79th Street, only six blocks from PS 232. It is the only ED that includes either side of the busy thoroughfare, which is actually the right of way of an expressway that was never built.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) wrote to the city Board of Elections after the Sept. 10 primary seeking a site change.
This week, the BOE announced it would move the polling location for voters in the 60th ED to JHS 202 on Lafayette Street. The shift will take effect for the Nov. 5 general elections.
“The change will certainly be more convenient and will enhance the safety of the voters as they will no longer be required to cross a busy thoroughfare with few overpasses to exercise their right to vote,” BOE Executive Director Michael Ryan said in a letter to Ulrich dated Sept. 27.
Lindenwood voters in the ED will also vote at JHS 202, accessible via the pedestrian bridge over the thoroughfare, which lets out at the school’s playground.
“I am pleased that the BOE was able to accommodate the residents of Tudor Village,” Ulrich said Tuesday. “By making it easier for them to exercise their right to vote, we are ensuring that every voice can be heard on Election Day.”