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Petition for Barrier on Bear Mtn Pkwy Created by Cortlandt

After several deaths and serious accidents, the Town of Cortlandt is petitioning the state for a barrier on Bear Mountain Parkway.

After LaMarr Barnesin a tragic car accident on the Bear Mountain Parkway late last year, his mother several times on Patch, begging people to help her get a barrier installed on the road.

The Town of Cortlandt is now taking the next step to help her and to hopefully help prevent future accidents and fatalities. Town of Cortlandt has created a petition to lobby New York State to install one on the state-owned parkway. They have already approved asking the state to build a barrier, but to no avail.

In the last ten years, three people have died, 52 have been injured and there have been more than 200 accidents on one small stretch of the parkway in Cortlandt, according to DOT reports.

“We need a barrier going through the center of the road for safety reasons,” Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said after the most recent fatality on that road.

In 2008, the state Department of Transportation on the state’s program to reconstruct the parkway from Routes 6/9/202 to Routes 35/202, which would have included the installation of a median barrier. That project would have started in 2012, but the recession has caused the DOT to push back the project indefinitely.

The Town hopes the petition will help the state to listen and respond to their request, which they feel can be a matter of life and death.

View a copy of the petition in the attached PDF.

You can sign the petition at

JM April 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I voted ''no.'' However.... I question how safety would improve if the speed limit (AND ENFORCEMENT) was at 25 mph? Right - not convenient to drive so slow...gotta get places fast because life is short. And thus, a barrier does not solve, what I think is, the main issue: We go too fast, in life, on the road and on this parkway.
Ashley Elam April 19, 2012 at 03:19 PM
It's a very sad event when a mother has to bury her child, especially at a young age. It is even more painful when it could have been prevented by a simple concrete barrier. To LaMarr's mother God is with you. And to LaMarr we will miss seeing you at the reunions.
Virginia Gilleo April 20, 2012 at 09:58 AM
It's very easy to say no until you lose a loved one as we have then that changes the whole game. Thanks anyway but we will reach our goal
carole April 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
As his mother, I KNOW we will reach our goal already have six pages filled. Never underestimate a mothers love.
Kim Strauch April 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Well, whatever you need me to do I am here. With GOD all things are possible.
Tuesday Persinger April 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Never vote no when human life is at stake. Carole (who happens to be my sister) is fighting to prevent another family from enduring the pain and suffering of losing a child, father, brother, nephew, grandson and husband, all which may have been prevented from a simple barrier...we all know speeding laws can never be properly regulated, so thanks to her for having the courage to stand up for common sense, and humanity.
carole April 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM
just vote yes mama!!!!!
carole April 21, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Thank you Tuesday. I love you girl. Can't understand why anyone would say no!
carole April 21, 2012 at 02:58 AM
So slow down and respect the laws!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Virginia Gilleo April 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Because people are selfish and care about only themselves It truly Is a shame but people are who they are Love you Carole always here for you all you know that.
Tina Mizhir January 28, 2013 at 04:22 PM
It amazes me that anyone would say we can't afford to fix a proven death trap. I guess if it saved the life of someone they knew and loved then it would be worth the expense but because they do not know or care about anyone but themselves it's OK that others will die as long as their precious taxes don't go up. You can control your driving but you can not control anyone else that is why this barrier needs to be put up. So no other family has to feel angry that the money saved was more important to their community than the life of their child, brother, or father. 3 are dead how any more lives will it takes to be worthy of spending the money?

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