BP Fossella Commends DOT Commissioner Caruana For Quick Response To Traffic Buildup On Richmond Avenue By Former Barnes and Noble

Statement from Borough President Vito Fossella commending Commissioner Roseann Caruana on swift response to traffic at a Richmond Ave intersection

Our office called DOT Commissioner Roseann Caruana and her team last week to request a solution to the heavy traffic often found at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Draper Place, across from the former Barnes and Noble.

Under her guidance, the DOT team was able to quickly find the reason of the very long backup at this particular intersection. They extended the left turn green signal by a few seconds so that more cars could alleviate the lane and improve traffic flow.

These are the simple and frustrating quality-of-life issues that have a large impact on the Staten Island commuter. We want to applaud Commissioner Caruana and her team for a swift response and fixing the situation in a timely manner.

Banner Image: Traffic On Staten Island Expressway. Image Credit – Dov Harrington 

BP Vito Fossella

The Office of the Borough President has a responsibility to advocate for the entire Borough of Staten Island and all its residents, and represents the Borough's interests within City government. The Borough President communicates directly with the Mayor and the City Council to emphasize Staten Island’s budget priorities. In addition, the Borough President is responsible for reviewing major land use decisions and proposing sites for city facilities within the Borough. As the chair of the Borough Board, the Borough President leads Staten Island’s City Council delegation and Community Board chairs in the process of reviewing and approving the transfer of public properties to private use. The Borough President’s Office houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which maintains the borough’s official maps and assigns street addresses. The Borough President monitors the delivery of city services on Staten Island, and acts as a liaison between residents and city agencies when problems arise to devise solutions. The Borough President is also responsible for appointing one member to the Panel for Educational Policy and one member to the City Planning Commission, as well as some 150 members to Staten Island’s three community boards.

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