Speeding was the top issue at a community meeting on Dec. 7 held by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) last week.
The meeting took place at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, attracting over 30 residents from the area as well as Elmhurst, Astoria and Jackson Heights. Peralta, however, did not attend the meeting as planned, because of legislative commitments, according to his staff.
Representatives from different city agencies took questions from the audience, who wrote down their issues on index cards prior and during the meeting.
When the index cards were all answered, the meeting became an open question and answer forum.
“A race zone” is how Democratic District Leader George Dixon described 23rd Avenue from 94th Street to Ditmars Boulevard. He was the first to bring up the issue of speeding in the neighborhood.
“There’s a senior home, there’s a nursing home there,” Dixon said “There is no traffic control.”
He added that there have been seven accidents on the avenue, and that a house on 100th Street had been crashed into three times on different occasions.
Dalila Hall, the deputy borough commissioner of the Department of Transportation, responded that a study would be done of the area.
But Dixon was not satisfied with the DOT’s answer.
“We’ve been asking for something to be done on that street for years,” he said. “Does someone need to be killed?”
Elmhurst resident Joshua Yanapa, 43, voiced additional concerns about speeding on Junction Boulevard.
“Why can’t they spend money on signs?” Yanapa asked.
Hall said that signs are placed according to federal standards. She added that digital speeding signs have been made which display the figure of a skeleton when a driver goes above New York’s 30 mph speed limit.
Yanapa said that more signs would help new members of the community and tourists.
“By having the signs it’s a way of maintaining our communities,” he said.