A pretty much made up issue like anti-Muslim bullying in Southeast Queens schools and public advocate Letitia James comes running out to Jamaica along with Councilman I. Daneek Miller. A crazy man goes into a Jamaica Muslim and attacks a couple of people (and not seriously) and Councilman Miller & Lancman, James again and others come out to Jamaica to speak to the Muslim community even those this type of act is rare. The 101 and up street naming ceremony in this community happens and community board 12 folks and elected officials come out by the dozen for a photo-op.
BUT and a BIG BUT, an elderly man in his 70’s gets hit on a narrow 168 Street (which is heavy with pedestrian traffic and where the 103rd precinct is located), by a huge tractor trailer and has both his legs CRUSHED and not a damn thing from any of these folks on an issue that has been ongoing in this community for years and decades. And why is 168 St designated a truck route to begin with, why are any streets perpendicular to Jamaica & Hillside Avenue designated truck routes when these area are extremely populated by lots of foot traffic, cars/buses and narrow streets. Where is city council on this issue of public safety, hell, where is the Mayor, the creator of that not working out too well, Vision Zero, our own local elected officials like Lancman, Miller, Wills, Cook, Comrie and our church leaders. Andrienne Adams, chairperson of Community Board 12, is running for Senator, attorney Clyde Vanel is running for Councilmember as is several other people in the community, YET NOT ONE OF THEM, have ever mentioned this VERY REAL particular dangerous issue yet. NOT ONCE.
Besides, how many of our residential streets, where children and elderly live, school buses use and people walk are being bombarded 24/7 by large dangerous noisy tractor trailer trucks, which is completely illegal for them to use. I personally have documented for close to 4 years hundreds and hundreds of trucks that have illegally used my street of 170th (Jamaica & Hillside Ave), plus others like 171 St, 173 st 175 St, Foch Boulevard and many other residential streets NOT designated as a truck route. Not only have I documented this for years on my block, I have filed hundreds and hundreds of 311 complaints, sent photos and locations (and videos) to every single one of our elected officials, NYPD, DOT, the Public Advocate, the Mayor, Queens Borough President and others, yet very little has been done (with the exception of my street since I am filing complaints almost daily and have not stopped) and thanks to the 103rd crew.
Many Council Members, church leaders and advocates are taking up a fight that they will never win with on a totally useless crusade of alcohol ads on the transit system, like people really pay attention to what is on the damn subway and buses (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/28/alcoholads_2016_07_08_q.html). But the very REAL PROBLEM of dangerous large tractor trailer trucks on our streets where several people have been injured and killed, and each and everyone of them are completely missing in action. They instead choose to pick a fight they know they will never win and where no one is being affected by this, but one where they can actually do something about, nowhere to be found. I guess they don’t want to stop some of the money from the trucking industry and waste industry from disappearing in their pockets like Councilman Ruben Wills whom Royal Waste/Regal Services have donated to his campaign.
This is a TOTAL DISGRACE and after this latest incident where this elderly man will lose both his legs, if no one with the balls stand up and does something, then we do have what we already know, a broken system and a very corrupt and useless Southeast Queens machine (which we have known to begin with). And folks, you cannot blame the Republicans on this particular issue, only the dirty Southeast Queens Democrats are at major fault here.
And this incident happened early Friday afternoon, yet only one medial outlet picked up this story, The Daily News, nothing so far from any of the local crew and Communities of Color, where are you on this issue, I have yet to read about this in your paper.
And why was this truck driver let go. I mean how do you not see an elderly man with a cane and red shirt on a narrow street where NOTHING is blocking your view and the speed limit is 25.
You know damn well this shit would not take place in LIC or Forest Hills or any white community anywhere. Just more “occasional grumblings from a few residents”.
From The Daily News:
“I feel so bad for the guy,” Fayezi said about the victim, who he’s seen around the neighborhood. “He’s an old guy. He was just on his way to the bank.”
The driver of the dairy truck remained at the scene. No charges were filed.
“The driver was so nervous and screaming,” Fayezi said. “He was freaking out.”