(Kew Gardens, NY) -- Today, 29th Council District candidate Mel Gagarin sent DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy a petition he circulated, from residents in Rego Park requesting that measures be implemented to curtail speeding along Alderton Street, on the heels of growing complaints and recent accident. Residents want the DOT to act before a more tragic event occurs.
"Make no mistake; this is not going to be an easy fight. I worked a very similar case during my tenure in Congressman Weiner's office involving the 73rd Avenue corridor by P.S. 200 in Fresh Meadows. It took a teacher being killed before DOT initiated a traffic study. Now we have neighbors once again concerned with speeding along a street that passes in front of a school and DOT once again dragging their feet," said Gagarin.
While two speed bumps currently exist their location does little to nothing in curtailing speeding along the main stretch of Alderton Street, particularly the stretch that runs along the path of P.S. 174 according to area residents. Despite School Crossing and stop signs along the stretch residents complained to Gagarin that drivers pay little heed to the signage if at all. When the Forest Hills Times reported on the problem in August, a DOT spokesman essentially balked at installing any new traffic measures.
“DOT has a responsibility to the taxpayers in Rego Park who are asking for a common sense solution to a potentially fatal problem,” said Gagarin.
Gagarin plans to continue the petition drive so everyone that wants their complaints heard by DOT has an opportunity to be heard.