Options to improve pedestrian safety at Esplanade and Boston Post Road is a continuing concern of Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey and the Village Board of Trustees that dates back even before their February letter to State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi requesting NY State funds for a pedestrian crosswalk signal.
The mayor read the letter (attached as a downloadable pdf) at the Village Board's meeting on Monday, June 11 as she took issue with social media comments that local officials have not been actively pursuing state action on this issue. A resident, Erica Winter, last week started a petition urging to the mayor and Sen. Biaggi seeking installation of a pedestrian signal installed at Esplanade and Boston Post Road. At the meeting, she said 400 signatures were on the petitions to date.
Mayor Lapey said at the meeting that she continues to discuss the Esplanade/Boston Post Road issue with Assemblymember Amy Paulin and Sen. Biaggi and their representatives regularly at informal and formal occasions. The Police Department is also collecting statistics on traffic incidents at the intersection and also at the Four Corners intersection one block away to supplement requests to the NY State Department of Transportation.
The Four Corners intersection has a 4-way stop for pedestrian crossing and students have been encouraged to use that crossing instead of Esplanade/Boston Post Road, but several students do not.
Ms. Winter's petition is at http://chng.it/44pLFZQP