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Wednesday Night: Your Chance to Speak Out About Delancey Street Dangers

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Delancey Street at Clinton Street, on Jan. 13, after Dashane Santana was struck and killed by a minivan.

If ever there were reason to attend a Community Board 3 meeting, this is it. On Wednesday night,  CB3’s transportation committee will hold a special session to discuss what to do about Delancey Street, one of the city’s most treacherous thoroughfares.

Residents have been pleading with the city for many years to do something about the unsafe conditions on Delancey.  Those pleas grew louder last month after the tragic death of 12-year old Dashane Santana, who was struck by the driver of a mini van.

At the meeting, the DOT will present its plan for pedestrian safety improvements. Their proposals were developed as a response to the Delancey Street Working Group, a panel convened by State Senator Daniel Squadron.  There is a good deal of skepticism about the plan, which has not yet been made public.  Many stakeholders fear the DOT will continue to place a higher priority on moving cars and trucks across the Williamsburg Bridge than on the safety of local pedestrians and cyclists.

So a big turnout is important to send the message that the neighborhood has had enough. After the DOT presentation, there will be an opportunity for residents to speak out.  Anyone wishing to do so must sign up just before the meeting or after it has begun.

The hearing will take place in the Seward park Co-op Community Room, 264 East Broadway (at Montgomery), at 6:30 p.m.

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