The Council of the City of New York
Office of Costa Constantinides
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2017
Contact: Shachar Sharon
Astoria Teen Honored With Street Co-Naming
Astoria, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides today celebrated the co-naming of 19th Street & Ditmars Boulevard in honor of Betty Jean DiBiaso. He was joined by the DiBiaso family and friends, Community Board 1, and others.
Earlier this year, the City Council unanimously passed INT. 1449, which co-named this street as well as other streets throughout the city.
DiBiaso was killed in a hit-and-run on 19th Street & Ditmars Boulevard, right outside Astoria Park, in June 2015. Her tragic death sparked the implementation of much-needed traffic safety improvements along the streets surrounding Astoria Park. After she was killed, there was a large community outcry for safety improvements. As a result, a traffic mitigation plan for the streets surrounding Astoria Park was implemented.
Council Member Costa Constantinides said, “I am proud to honor Betty Jean DiBiaso’s memory with this street co-naming. The terrible nature of her death caused shock and grieving among her family. Through the power of perseverance, the DiBiaso family was able to move forward and give back to our community by shepherding traffic mitigation improvements on the streets surrounding the park where she was killed. We thank her family for their determination and for joining us in honoring her memory. We co-name this street to show that Betty’s death was not in vain – that we learned from the tragedy and worked to ensure it would not happen again.”
“Betty’s family is immensely grateful for the work done to make this street renaming possible. We are here to support and celebrate the changes that have come from our tragedy. We hope for further changes to be made to enhance Astoria’s growth, safety, and sustainability,” said Sara Rotger, friend of Betty Jean DiBiaso.
Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit council.nyc.gov/costa.