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.

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Long Island City Journal: Dromm Honors Volunteers at Elmhurst Senior Center

On Thursday, August 11, Councilman Daniel Dromm honored a few volunteers who have made positive contributions to help families in their communities.

“We are here today to recognize people that are not in the spotlight as the volunteers,” Dromm said in a speech at the annual award ceremony at the Elmhurst Senior Center. “I want to say ‘thanks’ for their wonderful work for the community,”

Dromm, chairman of the council’s Immigration Committee, said that his district is the most diverse in the city. One of his platforms is making a connection with the communities that are often discriminated against, such as the LGBT population and immigrants.

That is one reason why Dromm made it his duty to attend the award ceremony, held by Healthy Family and Aging Services, which has made a difference in families’ lives, especially immigrant families, since 1992.

Each year, the organization recognizes individuals who are role models within their communities. At this year’s award ceremony, the organization honored model volunteers who have freely contributed their time to improve the lives of the elderly at the Elmhurst Senior Center.

David Shin, a Korean immigrant and Healthy Family and Aging Services president, has crossed paths with Dromm before when he taught Shin’s son at P.S. 199 in Sunnyside before being elected.

“I want to say thank you to Mr. Shin,” said Dromm. “He does a great job in putting community together.”

Fun Kim, a 15-year-old 9th grader who sporadically works for Kim, was one volunteer who was recognized.

“I want to help him, it makes me feel good,” he said.

A Korean band was also honored. This year the band C3 raised $5,000 for the tornado relief effort in the Midwest.

The members of C3 first met during a summer youth program.

“It is nice to get recognition for the help we did for others,” said Eric Han, 17.

As the ceremony carried on, the honorees were not the only ones who were happy.

“It is not easy to deal with people of a different background,” said Judith Moreno, a 70-year-old Columbian immigrant. “Here it feels easier to get along with each other.”

Dromm Demands Answers from City Officials at Blizzard Hearing

New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) demanded answers from City officials at a hearing held yesterday to evaluate the City’s response to the December blizzard of 2010. Dromm’s questioning focused on the lack of access to Elmhurst Hospital Center, and nursing homes and senior centers in his district. He called on City officials to ensure that all streets that lead to these vital locations, whether considered primary, secondary or tertiary are plowed immediately following a snowstorm.

Queens Chronicle: Dromm’s office ready to serve all constituents

Disability rights advocate Marvin Wasserman, left, Councilman Danny Dromm and the second vice president of the 504 Democratic Club, Michael Schweinsburg.

Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced Monday that he had fulfilled a campaign promise to ensure his office was handicap accessible.

Previously, accessing the Jackson Heights office was a challenge for both seniors and constituents with disabilities, he said. Dromm unveiled a newly constructed ramp on the side of the building, equipped with a new door wide enough for wheelchair and walker access. In addition, the office’s restroom was modified to accommodate wheelchairs.

“Coming into the City Council, it was imperative for me that my office is accessible to all in my district,” said Dromm. “This was the first step in an effort to help provide services to our constituents with disabilities. I want to commend building owner Fernando Arias for working with us to provide these much needed accommodations.”

Arias said he was happy to oblige. “It was a pleasure to work with Councilmember Dromm on this initiative,” he said. “We are extremely proud to have outfitted our building to meet the needs of people with disabilities.”

Members of the 504 Democratic Club, the first of its kind dedicated to people with disabilities were also on hand to champion the building’s improvements.

“Virtually every candidate appearing before 504’s forums pledges to make their offices accessible,” said second vice president of the club, Michael Schweinsburg. “Not all keep their promise. Council member Dromm has always gone the extra mile to keep his promises that all his seniors and people with disabilities will face no barriers in accessing government service.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990 states that government buildings must be made handicap accessible. However, there is an exemption for public offices like Dromm’s and post offices.

Disability rights advocates congratulated Dromm for going the extra mile to work with their community. “I am pleased that Councilmember Dromm reached out to me during the design phase to ask for my suggestions about how to make his office more accessible to persons with disabilities,” said leading disabilities advocate, Marvin Wasserman. “I applaud him for his commitment to serving the needs of all his constituents.”

Dromm promised to continue working toward making other buildings in his district accessible, including the United States Post Office located on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

“This has been a huge point of contention for many people in our community. I am currently working with postmaster Bill Rogers to install a ramp. I am grateful that the postmaster is working with us, because federal buildings were exempt from the law when it was originally enacted. I strongly believe that all buildings should be accessible to every New Yorker,” Dromm said.