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Westchester Community College Students Rally For Sidewalks

Westchester Community College students rally for sidewalks at the Valhalla campus on Wednesday.
Westchester Community College students rally for sidewalks at the Valhalla campus on Wednesday. Video Credit: Meredith Shamburger

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Mount Vernon resident Alexander Sharpsteen is one of many Westchester Community College students who has navigated the sidewalk-less roads around campus to get to class.

Sharpsteen calls it “incredibly dangerous.”

“It's like gambling my life away,” he said. “You just never know what's going to happen. Cars do see you, but the pathways may be two feet wide. It's tiny and it's ditches. It's not even a straight path.”

A group of students, including members of the Student Government Association, gathered Wednesday morning at the college's East Grasslands Gate to rally for sidewalks they say are sorely needed.

Students also hosted a forum with Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). A petition started by the student government has already garnered hundreds of signatures.

Many students commute to the campus using the Bee-Line Bus System or Metro North's Harlem rail line and then walk the rest of the way along Grasslands Road, Knollwood Road or Hillside Avenue, where there is lots of car traffic and no sidewalks.

Student Trustee Neisha Dawkins takes the bus to campus and sometimes has to walk up Grasslands Road. He notes that other students walk up Grasslands Road from the Valhalla Train Station.

“It's extremely dangerous—not only for us, but for the people in the community,” he said, later adding “We need sidewalks, and we need them now.”

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