A concerned parent writes in:
A child will be killed or maimed before a traffic light is installed at the corner of Gerritsen Avenue and Channel Avenue. This corner is the morning entrance to our elementary school. We started the school year without a crossing guard assigned to the corner. When a crossing guard shows up for work, the motorists disregard her commands to stop. The mothers and children cross at great peril. The community has tried for years at no avail to protect the children. A child had to die at the hands of a motorist before a traffic light was installed at the main entrance of the school. Help save our children.
State Senator Marty Golden received approval for a flashing light at the location in the summer of 2010. Surprising amounts of traffic lights have been installed around our community but we cannot get this desperately needed one up and working. October 13, 2010 Representative Anthony Weiner wrote Brooklyn Borough Commissioner of Transportation, Commissioner Palmeiri that he secured funding (through SAFETEA-LU) for such a light in 2005 and urged him to use the money to make the neighborhood and school safe for the residents. Although a flashing light is insufficient, no work is being done to install the light.
Gerritsen Avenue is the main thoroughfare of this peninsula community. It is heavily trafficked when the children are arriving at school. The motorists are in a hurry to get to work and will not slow down for our precious little ones crossing the street. Save our children please!