FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Council of the City of New York
Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22
November 6, 2020
Contact: Terence Cullen
Astoria, NY — Community leaders and elected officials gathered today to celebrate the installation of a new four-way stop sign and crosswalk at 12th Street and Astoria Boulevard. This will bring an added level of street safety, especially for students who travel from the Astoria Houses to P.S. 171 — Peter G. Van Alst.
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“This new signage reflects the best of communities working together,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22. “Richard Khuzami and the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA), Claudia Coger of the Astoria Houses Residents Association, Principal Lisa Stone, P.S. 171 and Andre Stith of Zone 126 all deserve our praise for making our streets safer.”
“The safety of our young people is of paramount importance to our entire community, and the recent designation of the area around PS 171 as a school Safety zone, which includes signage, cameras, and traffic controls has been the result of an collaborative effort of the entire neighborhood! Patience and perseverance have won the day, and we have created a blueprint of cooperation creating a better quality of life for us all,” said Richard Khuzami, President of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association.
“We have worked on getting a safe crossing for many years for the children in the Astoria Houses,” said Clauda Coger, President of the Astoria Houses Residents Association. “I am thankful that Richard Khuzami heard us and moved in our favor and all other supporters.”
“We’re pleased to be able to bring a new All Way Stop sign and upgraded roadway markings to the intersection of 12th Street and Astoria Boulevard,” said NYC DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia. “We thank Council Member Constantinides and all the local stakeholders for advocating for these improvements, which will create safer conditions for students at PS 171 and all residents in the community.”
OANA, the Astoria Houses Residents Association, Zone 126 and educators came together to request the traffic calming measures at 12th Street and Astoria Boulevard. Previously, crossings were unsafe between the Astoria Houses, near 8th Street and Astoria Boulevard, and P.S. 171, at 14th Street and 29th Avenue. The New York City Department of Transportation heard their call for a safer intersection and responded with measures that will certainly calm traffic in the area.
CAPTIONED (L-R): Andre Stith, Zone 126; Council Member Costa Constantinides; Richard Khuzami, Old Astoria Neighborhood Association; Claudia Coger, Astoria Houses Residents Association; members of the P.S. 171 school community with Principal Lisa Stone.