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Cuomo ignores DeBlasio’s plea to put brakes on unpopular traffic changes, pol says

Plowed through: Assemblyman Dov Hikind says Gov. Cuomo ran roughshod over Mayor DeBlasio when hizzoner asked the state to hold off on traffic changes to Ocean Parkway.
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Gov. Cuomo steam-rolled Mayor DeBlasio and the city’s Department of Transportation by ignoring their request to postpone unpopular traffic changes to Ocean Parkway, a local pol says.

City officials asked the state, which controls the parkway, to hold off banning turns onto select avenues until it could take feedback from locals, but Cuomo paid the pleas no heed, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D–Midwood), who kvetched about it on Twitter last week.

“Was just told that @NYCMayor & @NYC_DOT Commissioner requested to postpone Ocean Parkway traffic changes BUT were ignored by Gov! Not right!” he tweeted on Dec. 16.

Cuomo is rolling out an $8.5-million upgrade to Ocean Parkway that includes new pedestrian ramps, crosswalks, and traffic signals — but the plan also forbids drivers from turning onto Avenues J, P, and Kings Highway or making left-hand turns onto Avenues I and U. Residents and local pols rallied against the state’s Department of Transportation earlier this month demanding it take another look before moving forward. The city also made formal requests, a spokesman for the transit department confirmed.

“NYC DOT asked State DOT to not begin immediate implementation during the holiday season to allow for more community dialogue,” said rep Scott Gastel.

But Albany went ahead and implemented turn bans on Avenue I and Kings Highway — much to the chagrin of area residents, according to a rep for Hikind.

“We’ve been getting calls everyday from people complaining about the changes. We just asked the Department to hold off on making any changes just until he can review it further,” said legislative director Dov Cohen. “Kings Highway and Ocean Parkway has gone into effect — the no right turns from the main road onto Kings Highway, and no left turns from Avenue I.”

It is the latest power struggle between the city and state. Last week, a captive deer died in the city’s hands while DeBlasio and Cuomo privately sparred over how to deal with the errant buck, according to the New York Post. And days later, Cuomo announced he was sending more state troopers into New York City — apparently because the governor does not think DeBlasio is doing well enough on anti-terror measures, the paper reported.

The state did not return to multiples requests for comment regarding Ocean Parkway.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 12:04 am, December 27, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
You are pawns to the Agenda 21 folks who will make your streets a constant mess so that all the comrades will be told to ride the bus.

And you will continue to vote for the people who make that mess.
Dec. 27, 2016, 8:32 am
Dove Biking says:
Not to mention the black helicopters!
Dec. 27, 2016, 10:57 am
turning lanes from Ocean Pkwy. says:
We need to cut into the dividers to make right hand turning lanes.

This will allow right hand turning to continue but in a safe manner by getting the slowing/stopping vehicles out of the roadway. It will go a long way in eliminating the common unsafe rear end collision condition we have now.

There's enough room for the turning lane and to maintain a walking area for folks to cross from divider to divider.

Remember, the roadway is mandated to move traffic and not for casual strolls and playing checkers.
Dec. 27, 2016, 11:39 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
It's simple: If Dov Hikind is against it, it should absolutely be done.
Dec. 27, 2016, 1:05 pm
Dave from Boerum Hill says:
Good - glad to see this. There was absolutely no need to wait/delay the changes.
Dec. 27, 2016, 4:57 pm
NN from Boerum Hill says:
The Cuomo / DeBlasio fued is out of control, but in this case the Governor is 100% right. Safety improvements on Ocean Parkway are taking way too long, not to mention Flatbush, Atlantic, 4th Ave...
Dec. 28, 2016, 7:53 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about just fix the timing of the lights instead? Doing so wouldn't even cost so much, involve any redesigning of traffic flow, and can be done faster. Then again, the anti-car fanatics will never agree to this, because then they couldn't give motorists the royal screw job, which is their true intentions.
Dec. 28, 2016, 5:04 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Clinton mafia Cuomo vs. PC Principle DeBlasio. Got to love NY
Dec. 29, 2016, 5:51 pm

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