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Letter: Setting the Record Straight

I am writing in response to the letter from Rose Ryan in which she says she has “been getting the run around” from the Town of North Hempstead and that they have not returned her phone calls.

I have, in fact, had near weekly conversations with Ms. Ryan since she first contacted our office in mid-July. Councilman [Robert] Troiano also had the opportunity to speak with her to give her a status report on what the Town was doing to address her concern. The town has taken her request to have stop signs installed at the intersection of Tennyson Avenue and Bryant Street very seriously.

It appears that Ms. Ryan, who is a longstanding caring, concerned member of the community, has such strong conviction about this matter she can’t accept that not everyone agrees with her and doesn’t understand why the signs weren’t installed immediately upon her request. In fact, Councilman Troiano’s office received emails from other members of the Poets’ Corner community voicing opposition to the proliferation of such signage and questioning their value.

As a result, Councilman Troiano requested the town’s traffic technician to survey the area herself to better understand what steps were necessary to improve traffic safety in the immediate area. He also asked the technician to poll local area residents, which is the town’s ordinary procedure, to get a better sense of the community’s sentiment about the request.

Although it was not unanimous, the results of the polling indicate that most residents favor the installation of the signs. In addition, our traffic technician has recommended that vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety would be improved by installation of the signs. Accordingly, at Councilman Troiano’s request, the town board will act on this matter at its next meeting.

Richard Burton

Legislative Aide Town of North Hempstead