In Ithaca Visit, Schumer Supports Local Road Safety

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) visited the Ithaca Commons Monday to support the City’s efforts to improve road safety. He announced that $40 million in funding is available to improve highway safety, including projects on Ithaca roads, according to a press release. Schumer held a news conference Monday afternoon outside the Simeon’s On the Commons restaurant, which is still under construction after a traffic accident, according to The Ithaca Journal. On June 20, 2014, a tractor trailer crashed into the restaurant’s entrance at the intersection of Route 96 B and Route 79, killing Amanda Bush — a bartender at Simeon’s — and her unborn child, and injuring seven others. Investigators determined that the intersection had previously experienced close calls and accidents, according to the press release.