HIDDEN PAIN: Understanding and Preventing Suicide This feature is part of a series. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — City Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) is still fighting to prevent suicides on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.The Council minority leader sent a written request to the MTA, which oversees the bridge, in November asking it to reconsider installing a physical barrier, such as a fence or netting, to deter would-be jumpers.“To me it’s simple — we’re trying to save lives,” Matteo said. “The efforts are certainly to save lives.”In contrast, the new Goethals Bridge, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has a fence meant to deter possible jumpers.Nearly a year later, the MTA has made little progress on Matteo’s request.He said the transit authority told him they would re-evaluate, but that he’s received no “concrete answer” since he sent the letter nearly a year ago.A spokesman for the MTA said the organization intends to continue working with Matteo on the issue.“Suicide prevention continues to be an essential priority at MTA Bridges and Tunnels and we have a robust plan in place at all of our bridges that includes closely monitoring roadways via CCTV and patrol, and equipping our… Read full this story
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