Melissa Reaches Out to the NYPD & DOT After Last Week’s Fatal Accident

In the wake of last week’s tragic accident that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy named Amar Diarrassouba, it is imperative that we address and correct the causes of this tragedy to ensure that an accident like this does not happen again in our district. Melissa, along with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, held a press conference outside of Diarrassouba’s school. They called on the DOT and NYPD to take a zero tolerance measure against large trucks on non-designated streets, such as the narrow, one-way residential East 117th Street towards First Avenue, where the accident occurred; and to address the possible need for additional crossing guards at busier intersections.

Council Member Viverito During the Press Conference on Six Year Old's Death at an East Harlem Intersection 2-Credit to William Alatriste New York City Council

Following the press conference, Melissa wrote to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan of the DOT and Commissioner Ray Kelly of the NYPD, to open up conversation about traffic enforcement and to make some requests. Please find the letters below. We will make sure to keep you updated on our further collaborative work with the DOT and NYPD on this matter.

2 thoughts on “Melissa Reaches Out to the NYPD & DOT After Last Week’s Fatal Accident

  1. Hi Melissa, As a resident for years before and for a couple of years after the opening of the East River Mall, it might be time to move traffic away from 117th between 1st and Pleasant and redirect it to 116th St. This could be done by making the street one way going west between 1st and Pleasant. Or we could make 117th St coming out of East River Plaza a left turn only zone at Pleasant to prevent traffic, particualrly large trucks from contiuing down 117th. This would effect the same thing. This would restore 117th, which is residential and has a width appropriate to a residential street and to residential traffic. What should not be done is to force the residents to sit in their cars during alternate street parking. This rule is enforced elsewares and not on our street. Although I don’t have a car, this enforcement would not solve the problem – the cars will still be double parked; but it will very much inconvenience the residents by making them sit in their cars fro this 90 minute period. Than you for you consideraton. Stan Koehler Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:47:10 +0000 To:

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