Survey says: Subways, schools and quality of life among top concerns of 43rd district

January 30, 2018 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Councilmember Justin Brannan on Tuesday, January 30 released the results of a 2017 survey in which constituents of the 43rd City Council district – which encompasses Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst – voiced what they believe the top priorities of the City Council should be.

Over 500 residents responded to the open-ended survey, the point of which, Brannan said, is to bring more people into the process.

“There’s a feeling sometimes that government does not listen to the people. I want to make sure that is not the case here in our neighborhoods,” he said. “We need to bring more people to the table and I believe that means we need a bigger table in this diverse district.”

Unsurprisingly, Brannan said, public transportation took the cake with nearly half of respondents claiming the subway as their primary source of transportation.

Improving public schools was the second most common response with quality of life coming in a close third. Other prominent issues included public safety, homelessness, bike lanes, the opioid epidemic, protecting immigrants and the lack of street parking.

“Not only do I want people to know their voices are heard, I really value what they have to say. Elected officials think they know what people want but sometimes there is a disconnect,” said Brannan. “I want to cut through the noise and take what people are really concerned about to City Hall to get things done that matter to people in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.”

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