Brooklyn, NY -- Senator Andrew Gounardes announced an essay contest for local students in elementary and middle school on the subject of how to make streets safer for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists. The contest will be open until October 31st to all elementary and middle school students in Senate District 22. The prize for one winner will be to serve as “State Senator for a day.” Essays must be 500 words or less.
“I am excited to open up a street safety essay contest to students in southern Brooklyn. Dangerous streets pose a serious risk to young people, and they deserve to have their voices heard. I look forward to hearing from students directly on how they envision better, safer streets. I encourage every student in the district to enter,” said State Senator Andrew Gounardes.
Gounardes has championed numerous safe streets initiatives, including passing a landmark school zone speed cameras law to increase the number of life-saving speed cameras from 140 to 750 across New York City. He also founded a Street Safety Task Force and a Street Safety Youth Task Force to empower residents to take action on street safety measures.