City, NYPD, MTA Need To Address The Public Health Crisis Ensure Safety For Passengers States Uptown Rep.

January 9, 2019

From a statement from uptown rep. and transportation committee chair, Ydanis Rodriguez:  “Used needles littering the subway platform by drug users is not acceptable. This has become an everyday problem for commuters. 

We must work with the MTA, NYPD, and the Administration to ensure that children, students, and adult riders are not exposed to the public health danger that these needles bring. The 181st Street subway station is one of the most heavily frequented in Washington Heights with five schools in proximity. Our students travel to this station on a daily basis to commute to and from school. It is our responsibility to ensure that our train stations are clean and safe for our riders. I will call for a meeting with stakeholders to address this crisis plaguing the neighborhood and surrounding areas.


“Las agujas usadas por drogadictos tiradas en la plataforma del tren no son aceptables. Esto se ha convertido en un problema cotidiano para los viajeros. Necesitamos trabajar con el MTA, NYPD, y la Administración de la Ciudad para asegurar que los niños, estudiantes y adultos no estén expuestos a los peligros de salud pública que traen estas agujas. Esta estación de tren es una de las más frecuentadas en Washington Heights, con cinco escuelas en las proximidades. Nuestros estudiantes utilizan esta estación todos los días camino a la escuela. Es nuestra responsabilidad garantizar que nuestras estaciones estén limpias y seguras para los usuarios.Pediré una reunión con todas las partes interesadas para abordar esta crisis que abate el vecindario y las áreas circundantes.

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