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In October 2010, a 4-year-old was struck and killed by a bus one block from the location for a proposed traffic light.

After years of demanding the Department of Transportation change Oriental Boulevard’s flashing yellow light to a full traffic light at Ocean Avenue, the community’s two civic groups and Councilman Michael Nelson  have convinced the agency to take another look at the intersection.

Councilman Nelson announced yesterday that DOT’s Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri agreed to conduct a new survey at the location beginning this week to determine if the number of pedestrians regularly crossing this intersection, and the amount of vehicular traffic there, warrants a change from the flashing yellow light to a traffic light..

“I am pleased that DOT has decided to revisit this issue. For years I have been urging DOT to replace that flashing yellow light, which is often confusing to pedestrians and motorists alike,” said Nelson.

The agreement comes 18 months after the death of 4-year-old Evan Svirsky, who, along with his mother, was struck by a bus on Oriental Boulevard in October 2010. The accident happened on Falmouth Street, one block from the flashing light. Afterwards, Svirsky’s mother, Irina Liberman, demanded better traffic control measures along the drag, including converting the yellow light to a full traffic light which could have slowed the bus that killed her son.

“There’s no indication [of the playground at that location],” Liberman said in 2010. “I speak for all mothers. This is a tragedy and there’s no indication but a yellow light and people are speeding. A blinking light. That’s it. Always speeding.”

Liberman’s demand echoed years of complaints from both the Manhattan Beach Community Group and the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association that the yellow light was an exercise in futility. Traffic safety proposals from both groups were sent to the DOT in late 2010 and early 2011, including the demand to reconsider the intersection for a full-fledged traffic light.

The city has repeatedly stated over the years that the volume of traffic at that intersection is too low to meet federal guidelines to warrant the change.

President Regina Peruggi congratulates the safety officers. (Source: KCC)

Four Kingsborough public safety officers have been awarded medals for their courageous response when tragedy struck on Oriental Boulevard and Falmouth Street last October.

The four public safety officers, Tamara Bailey, Veronica Rodriquez, Mario Cintron, and Alfredo Rodriguez received medals at CUNY’S 2nd Annual Medal Award Recognition Ceremony on February 18.

On the late afternoon of October 7, the officers immediately assisted the police in controlling traffic and identifying witnesses when 4-year-old Evan Svirsky was struck and killed by a B49 bus. His mother, Irina Liberman, 45, was left injured after her head hit the bus mirror in her attempt to save her son. Evan’s 6-year-old brother was with them, but was unharmed.

Kingsborough’s public safety officers have no jurisdiction to use enforcement powers outside of the school’s gates, but they are trained in CPR and other life-saving practices. They are often the first response at the scene of any Manhattan Beach accident.

“The entire Kingsborough community joins me in congratulating these exemplary and outstanding officers,” Kingsborough President Regina Peruggi said in a press release.

One month after the tragic bus accident that killed a 4-year-old boy, Manhattan Beach’s civic organizations are grappling with outraged parents from P.S. 195. But as frustration mounts, the likeliest catalyst for change may not be the civic organizations that have worked for years for traffic safety, but from a lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother.

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Manhattan Beach residents berated a representative for the Mayor on Wednesday night, as they distributed a petition and contemplated civil disobedience to tackle the city’s neglect of their traffic safety issues.

It was an emotional evening at the Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting, with the mother and neighbors of the child recently killed by a bus on Oriental Boulevard in attendance.

Irina Liberman, the mother who was also injured in the October 7 accident, had eyes brimming with tears as she and neighbors told NYPD representatives that the streets need more than Oriental Boulevard’s blinking yellow light, especially near the park entrance on Falmouth Street. She said ice cream trucks regularly line up at that area, and children dart away from parents in between the trucks, and into the street where drivers can’t see until it’s too late.

“There’s no indication,” she said. “I speak for all mothers. This is a tragedy and there’s no indication but a yellow light and people are speeding. A blinking light. That’s it. Always speeding.”

Mayor’s rep becomes target of ire; possible unity between quarreling groups; and civil disobedience after the jump.