From the Times Newsweekly:
Citing numerous accidents in which pedestrians have been seriously injured or killed on Queens Boulevard, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi sent a letter to Queens Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Maura McCarthy urging the agency to install countdown clocks at highly trafficked intersections of Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills and Rego Park.
“The DOT took several years to allow for the use of these devices in New York City, despite evidence of successful implementation in other cities throughout the country,” Hevesi said in a statement. “Now that we have experienced the success of the countdown signal at 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, I urge, in the strongest terms possible, that the DOT take this further action immediately to protect the residents of these communities from injury and potential life threatening incidents.”
Hevesi asked the DOT to consider installing countdown clocks along Queens Boulevard at the intersections of Yellowstone Boulevard, 63rd Road, 66th Avenue, 70th Avenue and 78th Avenue.