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CHAIR

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY Committee on Ethics and Guidance

CO-CHAIR
DISTRICT OFFIC E: Commission on Legislative Ethics
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ARAVELLA SIMOTAS
Ways and Means
Assemblymember – 36th District L eg isl at i ve Of f ic e Bu il d in g , R o om 65 2, A l b an y, N Y 1 2 24 8
Queens County (518) 455- 5014 ● FA X ( 518) 455 -4044

February 21, 2018

MTA New York City Transit


Andy Byford
President
2 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Dear President Byford:

I write to request the removal of the digital billboard on the Astoria Boulevard stop on the
N/W line.

The digital billboard mounted on the elevated train station at Astoria Boulevard is an
accident-causing distraction for drivers. The intersection of 32nd Street, Astoria Boulevard and
the Grand Central Parkway exit ramp is the site with the highest incidence of traffic accidents in
our area, according to the 114th Precinct. The MTA’s removal of this glaring distraction would
go a long way to mitigate this major safety hazard. Moreover, the size of the billboard violates
the Department of City Planning’s zoning regulations, which prohibit any illuminated sign with a
surface area exceeding 500 square feet in the district.

While I understand that the billboard brings revenue to the MTA, it should not come with
the expense people’s safety. I look forward to working with you to resolve this issue.

Sincerely,

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas


New York State
36th District - Queens

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