Assemblyman Goldfeder Asks NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner to Examine Effect of Traffic Reroute on Local Businesses

November 21, 2011
In a letter to Maura McCarthy, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Borough Commissioner, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder urged a thorough review of the recently reconfigured traffic pattern at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park.

“The recent changes at the intersection have adversely affected many local businesses and have caused confusion for drivers and pedestrians,” Goldfeder said. “The Department of Transportation needs to make the intersection safe for our families and also work to the benefit of our local small businesses.”

While Goldfeder acknowledges the need to change the way the intersection previously functioned, he requests that the DOT conduct a study in hopes of preserving not only the safety of local drivers and pedestrians, but the ability of local businesses to thrive.

“I have spoken with the owners of several of the businesses surrounding the intersection, who have complained that they are suffering or have even had to close their doors as a result of the recent changes,” Goldfeder said. “My goal here is simply to ensure that the intersection is as safe as possible without hindering the prosperity of local businesses.”