Opinion

(Ed'.s note: The following was sent to State Senator Craig Johnson, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, TONH Councilman Fred Pollack and U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman and printed here at the writer's request.)

Today, I went to have a casual lunch with my wife at our favorite Port Washington restaurant, DiMaggio's Trattoria. The restaurant is located on Port Washington Boulevard. Yesterday, I was able to park on Port Washington Boulevard close to the restaurant. Today I was unable to do so because parking was eliminated on the west side of Port Washington Boulevard.

My wife and I have lived in Port Washington for almost 40 years and have enjoyed eating at this restaurant for almost as long. I am getting on in years and find it difficult to park blocks away from the restaurant. If I were to park across the boulevard from the restaurant you are asking me to traverse Port Washington Boulevard and risk getting injured. The traffic speeds through this section of the boulevard. Are you willing to take the responsibility for me getting injured or killed?

Why did the NY State Department of Transportation eliminate parking in this section of Port Blvd.? Are they possessed by evil?

Have they conducted a thorough traffic survey? (I have not seen any traffic survey people or traffic survey equipment on the road in the area.)

Have they asked the residents for their opinions? (I have seen no announcements in the local papers. I am a subscriber to the Port Washington News and read it cover to cover every week.)

Has a public hearing been conducted? (There have been no announcements as such. Unless it was a clandestine meeting.)

Are you planning to put a traffic control in this section on the boulevard to assist me when I park opposite the restaurant?

By eliminating parking in this area, the state has given carte blanche to speed on Port Washington Boulevard in this area (an already dangerous speedway).

I would appreciate your response so my anxiety may be relieved.

Warren Elkins

P.S. I believe a more appropriate study of traffic would be at the intersection of Main Street and Port Washington Boulevard where there are constant backups onto Port Washington Boulevard during rush hours.


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