Monday, January 23, 2017

News From Council Member Andrew Cohen


  Council Member Andrew Cohen announced today that he helped resolve over 1,000 constituent cases since he took office on January 1, 2014, including 393 cases in the 2016 calendar year.  These cases were brought to his attention by hundreds of constituents all throughout his district, from Riverdale to Wakefield and Kingsbridge to Bedford Park.  Council Member Cohen has assisted constituents on numerous issues, including quality of life concerns, traffic and public safety, and tenant and housing matters.  He has even gone further than helping individual constituents by organizing tenants in buildings throughout his district. 
“I am here to help,” said Council Member Cohen.  Constituent services are the cornerstone of my work as a City Council Member, and I am proud to have helped resolve a broad range of over 1,000 concerns since taking office.” 

Constituents may call or visit either of the Council Member’s two District Offices, or email  The Kingsbridge office, 277 West 231st Street, telephone 718-549-7300, is open Monday through Thursday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Norwood office, 3450 DeKalb Avenue, telephone 718-882-4000 x 353, is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   

Council Member Andrew Cohen Gets New Speed Hump Approved by DOT
Dangerous Stretch of Post Road to be Made Safer

  Council Member Andrew Cohen has made it his priority to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers throughout his Council District.  Soon, there should be fewer motorists speeding along the dangerous stretch of Post Road between West 254th Street and Mosholu Avenue.  Council Member Cohen recently received confirmation from the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) that his request for a speed hump on that stretch has been approved. 

A constituent who frequents the area reported to the Council Member that this long, narrow, residential section of Post Road, with no existing traffic controls along the entire stretch, had developed into a dangerous speed zone, with drivers using it to bypass lights and congestion on Broadway. Unfortunately, due to the hilly terrain, parking on both sides of the street, and sharp turns at corners, such speeding is very hazardous for both drivers and pedestrians.  There is also a school at the corner of 254th and Broadway, increasing the potential risk. 

Council Member Cohen and the constituent both reached out to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and requested they study the feasibility of installing speed humps to slow down traffic. After completion of a traffic study, DOT approved the request.

Council Member Cohen commended this constituent for bringing the conditions to his attention. He also expressed appreciation that DOT heeded their requests:  “We must send a clear message to drivers that our local streets are not speedways.  Both drivers and pedestrians must exercise greater caution. I won’t rest from working with DOT and my colleagues in government to improve driver and pedestrian safety throughout my district."

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