2005-12-02 / Community

Community Rallies For Traffic Lights Along Shore Front Parkway

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

In response to two deadly accidents over the last few months along Shore Front Parkway, Lew Simon, the Democratic District Leader for the West End of

These three young girls are among the many youngsters who attended the rally for traffic lights along Shore Front Parkway. These three young girls are among the many youngsters who attended the rally for traffic lights along Shore Front Parkway. Rockaway, led a rally to call for traffic lights to be

installed along the strip. “For too many years there have been accidents,

mishaps and near misses,” Simon told those at the

rally on Beach 84th Street on Sunday. “This is an ongoing battle,” said Assemblywoman

Audrey Pheffer, who has written numerous letters to the Department of Transportation to get lights along the strip. Simon said a DOT official was on the scene to count how many people attended the rally. Father Peter Gillen of St. Rose of Lima Church, who led his parishioners to the rally following Sunday mass, called for immediate action.

“The time for studies is over,” Gillen said. “As the community grows, the traffic will only get worse.”

Alma Schiffer and Lorraine Shier echoed the concerns of local residents. “There is traffic coming from all different directions,” said Schiffer.

With St. Rose of Lima in the background, protesters gather around district leader Lew Simon and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer before the rally begins. With St. Rose of Lima in the background, protesters gather around district leader Lew Simon and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer before the rally begins. “Try to get a baby stroller across,” Shier commented. Among the approximately 60 people attending the rally was the Chelminski family who had been involved in an accident on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 74th Street on July 19. In addition, the family of 14 year-old Andre Anderson, who was killed along the strip in September, and Ed Williams, president of the local NAACP chapter, also attended.

Simon and Pheffer urged those participating to call 311 and “demand their taxpayer rights for [traffic lights along Shore Front Parkway].”

The Chelminski family came to lend their support for traffic lights in the area. The family of five were in an accident on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 74th Street on July 19. The Chelminski family came to lend their support for traffic lights in the area. The family of five were in an accident on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 74th Street on July 19. Simon turns over his megaphone to one of the youngest to take part in the rally. Simon turns over his megaphone to one of the youngest to take part in the rally. Simon leads a march on Beach 84th Street to protest the lack of traffic lights. Simon leads a march on Beach 84th Street to protest the lack of traffic lights. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (right), a long-time advocate of the need for traffic lights along Shore Front Parkway, takes part in the march before the rally. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (right), a long-time advocate of the need for traffic lights along Shore Front Parkway, takes part in the march before the rally. Father Peter Gillen of St. Rose of Lima believes the city needs to act now. “The time for studies is over,” he told the crowd. Standing to Gillen’s left are Assemblywoman Pheffer and Lew Simon. Father Peter Gillen of St. Rose of Lima believes the city needs to act now. “The time for studies is over,” he told the crowd. Standing to Gillen’s left are Assemblywoman Pheffer and Lew Simon.

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