Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) is looking to improve the situation at an underpass by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Jackson Heights, saying it’s become a hangout for vagrants.
“They’re lighting fires,” Moya said. “They’re smoking marijuana, drinking. It creates a very unsafe area for the residents who are living there.”
The lawmaker personally visited the underpass, by 35th Avenue and 69th Street, after a constituent emailed his office about the problem. They were joined by a community affairs officer from the 115th Precinct.
In addition to homeless people sleeping and loitering there, Moya said the underpass is “very dark, even during the daytime.”
The assemblyman has requested the NYPD temporarily place floodlights at the site and increase patrols in the area.
He’s also looking for the homeless people there to be brought to proper housing and get the services they need.
Moya has also teamed up with Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-East Elmhurst) to implement long-term safety improvements there. The BQE is the dividing line between their districts.
The Jackson Heights assemblyman has contacted the state Department of Transportation to see what can be done at the underpass, such as placing permanent lighting and surveillance equipment.