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Shrub Oak resident: It's only a matter of time until someone is killed on Old Yorktown Road

Residents in the hamlet of Shrub Oak say it's only a matter of time until someone is killed on Old Yorktown Road/Route 132.

Emily Young

May 20, 2024, 10:10 PM

Updated 33 days ago

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Residents in the hamlet of Shrub Oak say it's only a matter of time until someone is killed on Old Yorktown Road/Route 132.
It comes following a rash of accidents in the last two months.
Carmella Pervizi, who has lived on Old Yorktown Road since 2014, says it's a very busy street.
Pervizi says she witnessed at least six accidents on the stretch of road right near the entrances to the Taconic State Parkway.
"When they get off the Taconic, they just fly by. There's no yield, no blinking lights. There's a lot of school buses and children walking on this street with no sidewalks," she says.
A school bus and a Hummer collided in April. Just 10 days later, another accident occurred.
Police Chief Robert Noble says there have been only three documented accidents in that area since 2018, but it's possible there have been more and that the police just weren't called.
Pervizi says she's been complaining to the town and to the Department of Transportation for years. Since it's a state road, there's not much the town can do.
"We're trying to get the state to come in," said Yorktown Supervisor Ed Lachterman. "And even though our region gives the most to the Department of Transportation, they never have any money to spend here, so it's kind of an unfair and unbalanced situation."
"State roads and state bridges in the Hudson Valley, which is DOT Region 8, are rated the worst conditions in the entire state of New York," said Assembly Member Matt Slater, who represents the region.
He says he's not surprised by the quality of the roads or the fact that the state won't invest in infrastructure.
"We continually are not being properly funded from my perspective. The state is not making the right investments in our infrastructure," he said.
In a statement, the Department of Transportation said:
"As last month’s incident along State Route 132 is the subject of a police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time."


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