Residents say illegal parking at Rego Center is out of hand
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 30, 2014 | 2193 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steven Shakarchy said he and his neighbors are in need of traffic safety measures.
Steven Shakarchy said he and his neighbors are in need of traffic safety measures.
With construction still underway for residential apartments atop Rego Center near the Horace Harding Expressway, longtime residents in the surrounding community say they are even more concerned with an illegal parking issue that has only gotten worse.

Steven Shakarchy, a resident of nearby 97th Street, recalled a “horrific accident” just one year ago in front of his building that he said left a pedestrian seriously injured after trying to cross the street between the weaving traffic and double-parked cars.

“I cannot see in either direction coming out of my driveway while people speed through red lights trying to get to the Long Island Expressway,” he said. “A bus cannot drive through one lane because of the double-parked cars and it causes a lot of frustration and congestion.”

After repeatedly asking for help from the local 112th Precinct, Sharkarchy said there has since been little to no enforcement.

“The city did a terrific job creating two lanes on 62nd Drive going south to Queens Blvd., but now the 112 Precinct is doing the opposite,” Shakarchy said. “They have done almost nothing to issue tickets and create revenue and most of all save lives. They have been here maybe less than a dozen times.”

In response to the complaints, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi said he has been in touch with the 112th Precinct on the matter.

“I have full confidence that the police will appropriately address the problems where these violations have occurred,” Hevesi said.

A spokesperson at the 112th Precinct acknowledged that they too have been in touch with Hevesi, and plan to keep a close eye on the situation.

Community Board 6 district manager Frank Gulluscio acknowledged that the board has noticed the problem and plans to discuss the matter at their next cabinet meeting.

“Before you know it the holidays are around the corner and that whole corridor is a mess,” he said. “People take advantage and they’ll double park, but hopefully this changes with the new “Vision Zero” initiative.”

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