Council Member Stephen Levin is announcing that traffic signals have been installed by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) on Kent Avenue. This follows a request from Levin that the DOT take steps to prevent future tragedies along Kent Avenue after a hit-and-run resulted in the deaths of Raizy and Nathan Glauber and their newborn son this March. Traffic signals are now installed in two locations – one at the intersection of Kent Avenue and Hooper Street and the other at Kent Avenue and Wilson Street – and both are expected to be turned on by Friday.
Council Member Stephen Levin said, “Speeding on Kent Avenue has been rampant for too long, threatening the safety of our community and even taking the lives of a young family in a tragic hit-and-run last March. Reckless drivers have been emboldened to turn this neighborhood street into a raceway because of the lack of traffic signals or stop signs. By installing traffic signals, we will reduce speeding and improve safety along Kent Avenue. I want to thank the Department of Transportation for installing these traffic signals and making our streets safer.”
Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director of United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, said, “The hit-and-run that resulted in the deaths of the Glauber family was a tragedy that caused great heartache throughout our community. We must always work to make our community safer so we can avoid future tragedies. The community welcomes the addition of traffic signals on Kent Avenue and thanks Council Member Levin and the Department of Transportation for making these safety improvements.”