Councilman David Greenfield
Celebrates Successful Resurfacing
of 100 Streets in Borough Park and Midwood
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) finished paving the most dangerous roads of Borough Park and Midwood last month, thanks to Councilman
David Greenfield’s funding. Greenfield ensured that this important work was scheduled for the summer months, when schools are closed and many people are away from Brooklyn, so it would cause the least possible inconvenience for drivers. The streets are now smooth and accessible for commuters in the fall.
“Smooth roads are a critical quality of life issue,” said Councilman Greenfield. “That’s why I secured extra money in the New York City budget to ensure that roads in our community are fixed. My many thanks to the Department of Transportation for taking my priorities into consideration and fixing the streets in the summer instead of the rest of the year.”
New York City Health Board Backs
Warning on Salty Menu Items
Many chain restaurants will now be required to post a warning label on menu items that have a high sodium content, The New York Times reported.
Last month, the New York City Board of Health unanimously approved a law requiring many restaurants to post symbols of a saltshaker, encased in a black triangle, as a warning symbol next to any menu item that contains more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the daily limit many nutritionists recommend.
Health experts said the measure would help combat heart disease and set a new standard for nutritional transparency that could soon be widely adopted.
After the rule takes effect on December 1, violators would be punished with a $200 fine, enforced by city health inspectors.
The measure is the first step taken by Mayor Bill de Blasio in implementing the kind of pioneering health policies pushed by his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg.
The warnings will affect restaurants with 15 establishments or more across the country, along with some movie theaters and ballpark concession stands. Over 75 percent of dietary sodium comes from packaged and restaurant foods. Chain restaurants were targeted because they serve a disproportionately high share of restaurant meals in the city, according to health officials.
Restaurants will also be expected to post a warning label noting that the consumption of large amounts of sodium can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
According to the new regulations, the saltshaker must be in a triangle “as wide as it is tall and equal in height to the largest letter in the food item’s name.”
MTA to build elevator at Bay Ridge’s 86th St. Station
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is planning to construct an elevator at the R train station at 86th Street in Bay Ridge, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.
The elevator will take passengers from the street to the mezzanine level of the underground subway station, according to MTA officials. It will likely be installed next to the subway station entrance located on the southeast corner of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue. A second elevator will take riders from the mezzanine to the train platform.
No date has been set for the start of construction of the elevator, but Melissa Farley, assistant director of government and community relations for MTA New York City Transit, told Community Board 10’s Traffic and Transportation Committee at a meeting on Sept. 3 that the 86th Street elevator is included in the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The Capital Plan, which is issued in five-year increments, lists all of the major construction projects the MTA is undertaking.
The 86th Street station elevator would be the first one constructed in an R train station in Bay Ridge.
State Senator Marty Golden predicted that the elevator will be a godsend to senior citizens and the physically disabled who have difficulty navigating subway stairs.