School is back in session and the 110 thPrecinct is back on the streets, keeping an eye out for drivers passing stopped school buses.
“With the new Vision Zero policy, there’s going to be a very expensive summons for passing a school bus with flashing red lights,” the precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson told Community Board 4 on Sept. 10. “I’m warning you, I’m telling you, I’m not hiding it from you.”
The newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has garnered the support of another influential community group.
The 104th Precinct Community Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to support the newly formed confederation of area civic groups fighting the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan to improve a particularly complex and chaotic portion of Long Island City.
Sean Quinn, a representative of the agency, presented the Hunter-Crescent Area Triangle plan, which aims to make the area safer by adding crosswalks, pedestrian islands and signage, converting one-way streets to two-way streets.
Queens leaders took center stage in the fight to reach Vision Zero’s goal of eliminating pedestrian fatalities.
A hearing was held Wednesday by the City Council Transportation Committee to discuss legislation to establish civil penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a collision, introduced by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), and legislation to protect taxi and livery cab drivers, introduced by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows).
Incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella relishes his label as a maverick and is hoping it will carry him through to victory on Sept. 9.
That’s when the Democratic primary for the 11th state Senate District seat will be held. He will face former Comptroller John Liu and since no Republican is running in November, the primary victor will go to Albany for the next two years.
On Nov. 9, all streets in New York City that do not have signs saying otherwise will have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Mayor de Blasio, Council members and civic leaders believe it will significantly reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries.
While Vision Zero and the pending 25 mile per hour speed limit have been in the headlines in recent weeks, the NYPD has launched Operation Safe Cycle, a campaign to remind bicyclists and those with whom they share the road to be watchful of each other and to observe all city traffic regulations.
The department on Wednesday began a two-week initiative of bicycle safety enforcement that will run through Aug. 26.
When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
Others believe it is far more important.
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul causally stepped out of the Elite Cafe at 72-28 Main St. in Kew Gardens Hills into the drizzly Friday afternoon. As her shoes hit the sidewalk, she suddenly stopped, her wide eyes opened wider by something happening in front of her — a traffic enforcement officer standing in front of a minivan writing a ticket for an expired meter.
“Oh my goodness, whose car is that?” she asked in her thick Western New York accent.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.
As Vision Zero meetings pick up speed around the city, residents of Maspeth gathered Monday evening in IS 73 to voice their traffic safety concerns.
Discussions of Vision Zero — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious initiative that strives to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024 — had particular meaning in Maspeth, where just weeks ago a city Sanitation worker was crushed and killed by a street sweeper.