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Source: SILive.com
Subject: Health Justice & Access
Type: Media Coverage

New Staten Island traffic light is a big deal in Port Richmond

Make the Road NY is a part of the Port Richmond Anti-Violence Task Force.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In a borough that has more than 500 of them, what’s another traffic light? It’s a big deal, says North Shore Councilwoman Debi Rose. That’s why she’ll be joined by Port Richmond community leaders tomorrow to celebrate the announcement of a new traffic signal at the corner of Sharpe Avenue and Richmond Terrace.

The light will help provide safe crossing for students of New World Preparatory Charter School.

The need for a light at the corner of Sharpe and Richmond Terrace grew when the city cut yellow bus service to seventh- and eighth graders in the fall of 2010 as a money-saving measure.

New World Prep students, instead of hopping on the yellow buses parked by the school, took to crossing busy streets, and many feared a tragedy, such as the one that killed Aniya Williams last June, was only a matter of time.

In the past, efforts have been made to supervise student crossing, such as adding a crossing guard, redoing the sidewalks, and moving the city bus stop to an area with less congestion.

Representatives expected to be on hand tomorrow include New World Prep, the Port Richmond Improvement Association, Community Board 1, Port Richmond Anti-Violence Task Force, Wagner College, and the city Department of Transportation.

The announcement will be made from St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, Port Richmond, Thursday at 10 a.m.

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