DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Rivertowns Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 20th, 2014 a pedestrian was killed crossing the Saw Mill River Parkway at Lawrence Street. The victim was crossing from West to East when he was hit in the northbound lane. The intersection there is equipped with a traffic light.
Today this crossing is even more dangerous. Rivertowns Square is Westchester county's newest open air shopping village in Dobbs Ferry. There are stores, apartments, restaurants, a movie theater at the center. A supermarket and hotel will soon serve the area as well. Sadly, there is no bus stop at the Rivertowns Square and the only bus stop close to the shopping plaza is on Saw Mill River Road. There is no sidewalk on Lawrence. The bus stop on Saw Mill River Road is not sheltered so pedestrians probably won't use it during the cold winter months. Lawrence is unlit and lacks adequate sidewalks.
Without a bus stop INSIDE the Rivertowns Square complex --another pedestrian will probably be killed crossing the parkway sometime in the future. Employees who work at Rivertowns Square are in danger of losing their lives. So are other patrons who don't have cars but want to enjoy the shops, movie theater or restaurant at the complex in Dobbs Ferry.
I am begging the county of Westchester to work with the developer of Rivertowns Square and to place a bus stop at the complex and to also provide shopping center users with good public transportation to and from the complex from around the region. We need to be proactive--otherwise someone will lose their life or lives. The county is on notice!
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner
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