Need for light
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Dear Editor,

This fall's school semester marks the 70th anniversary of P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens Hills. I was part of the inaugural class in 1949 and the first graduating class in 1951.

But when 2019 classes resumed, so did a long-standing problem: high volume & hazardous traffic conditions on 77th Avenue where P.S. 164 is located.

As a nearby resident, I've witnessed near collisions and road rage incidents during the busy mornings and afternoons.

Working with Principal Lisa Liatto last year, I wrote a petition signed by teachers, safety officers and parents to convert 77th Avenue into a one-way street going east from Park Drive East to Vleigh Place.

Community Board 8 rejected it. But we have another option: installing a traffic

light at 77th Avenue and 137th Road, which has a better chance of success.

That's because the Department of Transportation recently approved a traffic light for P.S. 376 in Bayside, which faces similar traffic congestion and safety issues.

Community Board 8 is a big roadblock. Despite term limits on membership, it remains tightly run by a cluster of cronies who resist change.

P.S. 164 parents must urge CB8's leaders to serve their community. Make your voices heard.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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