NYPD: felony assaults down, accidents up since opening of arena; questions about roles of TEAs and pedestrian safety managers
He did acknowledge that accidents have been up in the last six months, correlating with the arena opening though not necessarily attributable to that, given that the precinct boundaries also expanded: "Let's be honest, we have an increase in traffic, and increase in pedestrians."
"I know they're not under your command, but can we do something to not get them to block pedestrian areas," he asked Ameri.
"To the point of pedestrian safety," Ameri responded, acknowledging it was "maybe a gray legal area."
"I guess, technically, it's not supposed to work that way," Ameri said. "Will pedestrian managers stop a vehicle for pedestrian safety and flow? Yeah."