Amherst leader taking action on Erin’s Crossing project

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – On Monday night, Amherst Town Board councilmember Mark Manna plans to introduce a resolution to make a busy intersection safer for neighbors.

In 2012, Erin Suszynski,13, was killed in a traffic accident on Maple Road near Culpepper. She was crossing the street to get to a nearby playground with friends.

For two years, her family and neighbors have been rallying to put up  ‘Erin’s Crossing,’ a traffic signal at that intersection.

But, there has been a lot of bureaucratic red tape around the plan.

Councilmember Manna wants Amherst to fund, create and build ‘Erin’s Crossing.’ Some of his colleagues say they believe just people in that neighborhood should foot the bill.

“They pay taxes already,” Manna said. “They shouldn’t have to pay a fee on top of their taxes to keep their families and that neighborhood safe to cross Maple Road.”

Manna said the family has had to wait too long for Amherst leaders to take action on this traffic signal. He hopes his resolution at the Town Board meeting Monday will get answers for the Suszynski family on the future of ‘Erin’s Crossing.’

 

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