Dromm Delivers Safer Pedestrian Crossing for 37th Avenue

David Sargent, Joseph Ricevuto, Jacqueline Sung, and NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm cross 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

David Sargent, Joseph Ricevuto, Jacqueline Sung, and NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm cross 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

Jackson Heights, NY – NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm was successful in securing a new traffic safety measure called Leading Pedestrian Intervals, which gives walkers a head start before cars get the light to make turns across the crosswalk, along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Pedestrians will now have an additional seven seconds to cross the street without any vehicular movement.

In February, more than 150 concerned residents packed the Jackson Heights Jewish Center for a pedestrian safety town hall meeting in the wake of the death of 67-year-old Henry Boimel, a resident of 35th Avenue, who was struck and killed by an Uber driver while crossing 37th Avenue at 76th Street. The meeting was organized by Dromm and featured NYPD officers from the 115th Precinct, representatives from the Queens District Attorney, and officials from the city’s Department of Transportation.

Dromm listened to his constituents about the need for a safer 37th Avenue which is burdened by tremendous congestion and conflicts between vehicles turning and residents walking. Following the event, Dromm wrote the DOT to demand the implementation of the traffic safety measure called Leading Pedestrian Intervals. In response, the NYC Department of Transportation started implementing the measure in the past two weeks. Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) typically gives pedestrians a 7 second head start when entering an intersection with a corresponding green signal in the same direction of travel. LPIs enhance the visibility of pedestrians in the intersection and reinforce their right-of-way over turning vehicles, especially in locations with a history of conflict.

New York Daily News: NYPD still uses typewriters, but City Councilman proposes bill to switch to computers

By Erin Durkin

Councilman Daniel Dromm of Queens was shocked when he learned the NYPD still uses typewriters for creating police reports.

A Queens City Councilman wants to drag the NYPD into the digital age — leaving typewriters behind.

Danny Dromm (D-Queens) will introduce a bill Thursday to require cops to scrap their old-school typewriters by 2016, as part of a technology report they’d have to submit.

Dromm said he was floored when constituents started to complain to him that they had trouble getting copies of police reports, because they were prepared by hand on typewriters.

“I can’t believe that the police department is still using typewriters for these types of things,” he said. “We live in a computer age…I don’t even know where they get parts for these typewriters anymore.”

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Currently, some forms are still required to be typed, so we do still have typewriters, but the vast majority of Department forms are now digitized,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a state Senate hearing earlier this month.

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DNAInfo: Massive Jackson Heights Fire Not Suspicious, Source Says

by Katie Honan

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Investigators do not think the massive fire that erupted Monday night inside the Bruson Building, injuring three and impacting dozens of businesses, is suspicious, a source told DNAinfo.

The fire erupted about 5:45 p.m. Monday, FDNY officials said, sending flames shooting out the third and fourth floor of the building and filling the neighborhood with smoke.

It was brought under control about 11:40 p.m., according to the FDNY, but firefighters continued to douse the back of the building with water until Tuesday evening.

Although the FDNY said Wednesday morning it is still investigating the cause of the blaze, a source told DNAinfo New York that investigators do not believe it’s suspicious.

The source also said the fire originated on the third floor of the building, which housed Plaza College. The floor was packed with cardboard, paper and other combustible material, according to a source.

On Tuesday, crews had begun the large-scale cleanup, boarding up windows and cleaning debris from 37th Avenue.

Councilman Danny Dromm said the fire was devastating for the community. The building housed about 50 small businesses and stores, including the college, the Queens Community House and the neighborhood’s LGBT senior center.

“I have spoken to the business owners, many who I know personally, and the effect on their establishments is truly horrible,” he said.

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