Chappaqua, NY: Continuing pressure for action to address crossing risks

8 Apr

Congresswoman Nita Lowey and the Federal Railroad Administration’s Acting Administrator, Sarah Feinberg, visited the level crossing of the Metro-North right-of-way at Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua on March 31st, 2015, to talk about the danger posed by this and other crossings.

For the last two months Ms Lowey has called for immediate action to improve level crossing safety for residents, businesses, and communities in the Lower Hudson Valley. In parallel officials from the Town of New Castle have called on state or federal officials to build a bridge specifically at Roaring Brook Road.

“I’m pleased FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg is here to see firsthand how dangerous these crossings are,” said Lowey in a prepared statement. “With more than 250,000 public and private grade crossings around the country, we must tackle this important safety challenge with a multi-faceted approach. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be fighting to protect and increase funding for rail crossing safety initiatives.”

Joining Ms Lowey and Ms Feinberg were President of the Metro-North Railroad Joseph Giulietti, Chief Safety Office of Metro-North Railroad Anne Kirsch, Metro Transit Authority (MTA) Chief of Police Michael Coan, State DOT Planning and Program Manager Tom Weiner, Westchester Board of Legislators Chair Mike Kaplowitz, New Castle Police Chief Charles Ferry, Town of New Castle Comptroller Robert Deary, New Castle Department of Public Works Deputy Commissioner Gerry Moerschell, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi, and Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva.

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