Bus Route To New Shopping Mall Is Addressed At CB 18 Meeting
By Damon McGee
Members of Community Board 18 returned to the Kings Plaza Communi-ty Room on September 18 for its first meeting since a summer break, with a full slate.
But before they got down to business, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Mar-kowitz popped in to wish District Man-ager Dorothy Turano a heartfelt happy 65th birthday, presenting her with a pro-clamation that named September 14 "Happy Birthday Dorothy Turano Day."
"Thank you for all of your outstand-ing achievements and efforts in this com-munity," said Markowitz, and joined the attendees in singing happy birthday to Turano.
"This is the most memorable birthday I’ve ever had," said the visibly touched district leader.
State Senator Carl Kruger, City Coun-cilmen Michael Nelson and Marty Gold-en, and Assemblyman Nick Perry were also among the nearly 100 community members who attended the meeting.
Turano announced that there was a case of the West Nile virus in the district, and advised community members to follow the precautions set forth by the Department of Health. She added that ground and aerial spraying had been scheduled for some areas in the district, and speculated that Canarsie would be next.
"It didn’t reach Canarsie yet, but it’s been coming closer," she said. "It’s nothing to get alarmed about, but just something to be aware of."
Board member Sylvia Whiteside raised the question of the lack of adequate public transportation to new Gate-way Center Mall, where the first stores recently opened. According to Whiteside, it would take four buses to get to the new shopping center, located on Erskine Avenue, East of the Spring Creek Tow-ers development. Turano said that the DOT is planning to expand the B50 bus line to facilitate public transportation to Gateway, and that the Board would intervene with the Department of Transportation for an update. "They want people to be able to get there," she said. "I’m sure they are planning to do something."
Turano also announced that the De-partment of Sanitation’s Operation Dump-ster is being expanded. The program is designed to improve quality of life by prohibiting the storing of dumpsters on sidewalks and limiting the amount of time refuse would be allowed to sit on the street waiting for collection. The Sanitation Department kicked off a four-week education and enforcement warn-ing period on September 17. Failure to follow the regulations may result in a fine ranging from $50 to $250.
Sandra Maitland of the Flatlands Com-munity Block Association inquired about the status of a traffic light at East 54th Street at the corner of Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue, which has been the site of numerous traffic accidents. Turano said that a traffic study was in progress and is expected to be completed soon.