City Island seniors, elected officials call on DOT to install traffic light on busy street

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City Island residents are calling on the Department of Transportation to make a busy intersection safer for senior citizens.

Seniors are pleading for safer conditions at the corner of Pilot Street and City Island Avenue. 

"There are 131 apartments in Pilot Cove with all with senior citizens, and we need a light in this corner because we can't cross the street,” says resident Sister James Patrick Kavanagh.

The seniors, with the help of elected officials, are calling on the DOT to install a light on the busy road. There is no stop sign or traffic light, nor a crosswalk.

"There is definitely a need. DOT has to fulfill the needs of this community. It’s not rare that you often see a senior waiting on the corner hoping the traffic stops so they can cross,” says cityCouncilman Mark Gjonaj.

In addition to the seniors, the area is also home to a church, marina, yacht club and the largest restaurant on City Island.

Residents say cars speed down the road even if people are attempting to cross. 

"They just keep going and I’m handicapped now and I’m fighting for a light for here for myself and all the other residents of the island,” says Sister Kavanagh.

The group has requested a light before, and previously the DOT denied the request. DOT officials tell News 12 there has been only one accident since 2015 and no deaths since 2013. 

A DOT spokesperson said in a statement, "A traffic signal was requested on May 21, 2019 and we are currently studying the feasibility of a signal at this location."

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