Council Member Ben Kallos Takes Safety Walk and Relaunches “Light Up Second Avenue” Web AppSubmitted by Jesse Towsen on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:55pm
Council Member Ben Kallos Takes Safety Walk and
Relaunches “Light Up Second Avenue” Web App
Second Avenue Subway Construction Safety Forum and Walk for
Residents with Council Member, MTA, DOT and NYPD
New York, New York – Last night, amid community concerns about safety along the Second Avenue Subway construction, Council Member Ben Kallos held a safety forum and walk, and re-launched “Light Up Second Avenue,” a program to improve lighting and increase safety.
Along the subway construction, there have been a spate of recent robberies at a pharmacy and concerns among residents about lighting and safety at night. For all members of the community, Light Up Second Avenue solicits community input on areas that need increased lighting or improvements, including a participatory website application available at BenKallos.com/LightUpSecondAve.
Representatives from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) addressed residents and answered questions about safety and quality of life.
“With a big construction project like this one, it’s the government’s responsibility to make sure that all community members stay safe,” said Kallos.
At the forum, attended by more than fifty residents, the MTA provided an update on construction activities, the DOT made a short presentation and the NYPD discussed crime along the route. Residents raised questions, including about illegal double-parking, unsafe intersections and air quality.
Residents then joined the Council Member and City agencies on a walk along the Second Avenue Subway construction from 92nd to 68th Streets to identify areas needing improvement. Kallos took notes of the areas identified by residents and will submit them to all three agencies for follow-up.
The event was co-sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator Jose Serrano, Assembly Member Dan Quart, Council Member Dan Garodnick, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Community Board 8.