Pheffer Amato Secures Safe Crossing for Local Students

February 28, 2018

Far Rockaway, Queens- In response to Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato’s (D-Far Rockaway) request for an all-way stop sign at Brookhaven Blvd and Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway, Queens, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to install a stop sign this week. Yeshiva Darchei Torah (YDT) is comprised of over 2,000 students, of which a majority of the students and their families utilize this intersection to walk to school. For several years, students, the administration of YDT, and local residents have filed requests with the DOT and 311 regarding the all-way stop sign as a critical safety measure for students walking to school.

Pheffer Amato made a request in February 2017, insisting that the DOT install the sign at this intersection in order to allow for optimal pedestrian safety for residents and students traveling to and from school.

“As parents, we want our children to feel secure when walking to school as well as when leaving after school, and this is not possible when you are unable to cross the street due to constant car traffic,” said Pheffer Amato. “I am proud to say that DOT has listened to the concerns of our community and decided to take the necessary corrective actions.”

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our children – and this will go a long way towards enhancing it,” said Rabbi Baruch Rothman, Director of Institutional Advancement at Yeshiva Darchei Torah.

According to DOT, the stop sign should be installed this week.