‘A government run by kindergarteners’: Pol claims city failure to build Belt P’kway guardrails leaves locals open to attack

Demanded: Congressman Max Rose and Councilman Justin Brannan called on the city to construct guardrails to protect pedestrians along a mile-long stretch of the Belt Parkway.
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Talk about railing against terrorism!

An unprotected stretch of Bath Beach sidewalk bordering the Belt Parkway is an open invitation for reckless drivers and terrorists to commit mayhem, according to a Kings County congressman, who said the city must install heavy-duty guardrails to safeguard pedestrians against attacks.

“We have seen over, and over, and over again how either drunk drivers, or — god forbid — terrorists, can kill people by driving onto pathways just like this,” said freshman Congressman Max Rose [D–Bay Ridge].

Rose joined Bath Beach Councilman Justin Brennan at a May 31 press conference off the Belt Parkway to demand the city install protective devices along the highway between Bay Eighth Street and 21st Avenue, where pedestrians are separated from traffic by just a few feet of grass.

The coastal stretch of sidewalk is a densely populated destination for Southern Brooklyn joggers and cyclists, according to Rose, who accused the city of gross negligence for leaving Brooklyn bystanders unprotected.

“Do we have a government run by kindergarteners here? This is absurd. We are not building the Eiffel Tower — we’re building guardrails,” said Rose. “This is absolutely absurd, it is a dereliction of duty, and this is why everybody hates politics.”

And Rose singled out Department of Transportation officials — who have sat on a request Brennan made for guardrails 15 months ago — for waiting until someone dies to secure the pathway.

“Do we have to see blood shed before something actually happens in this government?” Rose asked.

The Transportation Department is currently working with the Department of Design and Construction on a plan to install the guardrails, according to an agency rep, who said Brennan and Rose will be the first to know when the project moves forward.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 3:30 pm, May 31, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
It would help if self entitled motorists didn’t drive like maniacs. All these overweight and selfish drivers are the problem.
May 31, 2019, 3:32 pm
Frank from Furter says:
What they have no jersey barriers to put out in the meantime? There was a fatality on west st(12th ave) before the ises inspired idiot killed people there. The City should know better and protect the pedestrians and bike riders. This isnt brain surgery either.
May 31, 2019, 6:38 pm
Clare from Sheepshead Bay says:
They don't cut down dead trees until they kill someone.. Frank, The city likes paying out big law suits. Like it's a bandaid to the families. Always a day late and a dollar more than needed spent. Shame.
May 31, 2019, 8:17 pm
Kathleen Nooblesfort from Dyker Heights says:
I’m aghast. I’m simply aghast !
June 1, 2019, 8:35 am
Kathleen Nooblesfort from Dyker Heights says:
I’m aghast. I’m quite simply aghast !
June 1, 2019, 9:27 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
"A government run by kindergartners". Just like the trump administration. A petulant man-child in charge, who is constantly throwing temper tantrums, and in constant need of attention.
June 1, 2019, 10:31 am
Hillary from Prison says:
They really should Medicare these poor souls that suffer from Trump derangement syndrome.
June 1, 2019, 12:40 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Yup,that's usually the way,it is. Government,will ——foot around. Wasting a lot of money. Until,people are killed,or seriously injured. And,they are far more likely to act,if there are numerous casualties. Or important people,are victims,or their continued neglect.
June 1, 2019, 2 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
"Trump derangement syndrome" -Says the guy frothing at the mouth about Hilary's emails. LOL!
June 1, 2019, 2:40 pm
Mark Moore from Sheepshead Bay says:
Don’t waste tax money putting a useless guardrail where it isn’t needed. Sounds like Max Rose is the childish one. Has anyone ever been hurt by a car on that path? Is a terrorist going to be dissuaded from killing people or will he just run people over two blocks away? Max Rose is the kindergartener.
June 1, 2019, 3:39 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
If the city government was run by kindergartners it would be an improvement.
June 1, 2019, 7:50 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
How many years has this been like this? Showboating by these two. But it is nice to see ol' Max - I thought he went to DC and was never heard from again
June 2, 2019, 8:21 am
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Mark Moore you are an idiot! Guardrails are long over due. Have you ever seen how some of the drivers on the Belt? These guardrails are more for protecting pedestrians, joggers & cyclists from maniac drivers! And Hillary from prison, you must have some screws lose if you don't believe in the Trump derangement syndrome. He is a spoiled brat that must have his way all the time!
June 2, 2019, 9:58 am
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Congressman Max Rose and Councilman Justin Brannan how about getting the Belt Parkway Promenade repaved? It's a disaster from the VZ bridge to about 19th Ave.
June 2, 2019, 10:04 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Symptomatic of the neglect of the City under our accidental Mayor.
June 2, 2019, 5:55 pm
Fung Woo from Sunset Park says:
We’re all afraid of Muslim terrorists, but no one is willing to do anything about them.
June 3, 2019, 12:40 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆POS bigot!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 3, 2019, 6:38 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I am a POS bigot.
June 3, 2019, 8:32 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆Fraud alert!⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
June 3, 2019, 8:41 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Get your own name, loser.
June 3, 2019, 8:42 am
Mark Moore from Sheepshead Bay says:
Useless guardrail in a useless location.
June 3, 2019, 10:07 am
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Mark Moore from Sheepshead Bay you're still an idiot!!
June 3, 2019, 11:37 am
Ro from Park Slope says:
After agreement as to the need: Good planning also includes safe guarding the natural beauty of the area--nothing less than the other magnificent boulevards created by the city elsewhere.
June 3, 2019, 11:52 am
t from bath beach says:
Shows the misplaced priorities of these two mediocre politicians who never ever stand out. If you took a survey of who use the path those barriers would be down around six or seven on a list. How about repaving the path first, putting lighting in to make it safe at night, more garbage cans and pickup, new benches and better signage and pavement markings to prevent the real chance of collision between pedestrian and cyclist.
June 3, 2019, 4:53 pm

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