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Martins to Cuomo: 'Help Prevent LIRR Strike'

It's time for the governor to intervene, the state senator said.

Sen. Jack  M.  Martins , Sen. Carl Marcellino  and  Sen. Kemp  Hannon. Credit: Office of Sen. Jack Martins
Sen. Jack M. Martins , Sen. Carl Marcellino and Sen. Kemp Hannon. Credit: Office of Sen. Jack Martins
Local senators are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help resolve the contract dispute between the MTA and Long Island Rail Road workers in order to prevent a devastating LIRR strike. 

Sen. Jack Martins, R-Mineola, along with Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Syosset, and  Sen. Kemp  Hannon, R-Garden City, stopped by the Hicksville train station on Wednesday to say it's time Cuomo intervene. Federal law allows the LIRR workers, who have been without a contract since 2010, to legally walk off the job as early as July 20, officials said.

"Over 300,000 Long Island commuters and their families deserve answers," Martins said. "With the MTA and the unions unable to come to terms and a strike looming   right around  the  corner, commuters  will  be  stranded with devastating consequences to residents, workers and New York's economy."

"The Governor, as the state's Chief Executive, needs to do everything he can
to  bring  both  parties  together  to  resolve  their  differences at a negotiating table in good  faith, not on a picket line," he added. "He's done it before, and must do it again for North America's busiest commuter railroad, before  there's a crippling labor strike that will throw Long Island into chaos. We Long Islanders deserve nothing less." 

The senators point to Cuomo resolving a 27-month contract dispute between the MTA and the Transit  Workers  Union. Now, they say Long  Island  needs Cuomo to "step in, broker a settlement and avert an imminent strike," according to a news release.

The LIRR serves 124 stations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, providing service for over 80 million customers each year, officials said. On weekdays, nearly 301,000 commuters ride the 735 daily trains.

“With a strike looming in less than three weeks, it’s crunch time," Martins said. "The window to resolve this without a labor strike is closing rapidly. Long Islanders need the governor to engage now.”
Frank July 02, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Gov. Bozo ain't going to do a thing since he's in the MTA's pocket. That's the problem with a state sponsored transit monopoly: they can play with your lives and livelihood without any repercussion. LIRR is one of worst run railroads in the world! At its best it can't even beat most 3rd world rail service... especially when you factor cost!!!!!! Forget LI.... come on down to the FL Keys!
Jo Keohane July 02, 2014 at 06:12 PM
What does it matter? Whatever the final decision is the riders will still be paying more for less service.
Arguendo July 02, 2014 at 06:15 PM
"Settle" on what basis? Costs can't be allowed to increase unless fares (or state subsidy) go up. Are you asking the Governor to give away your money?
Roland A. Ericsson July 03, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Money aside, I often see and hear references to antiquated work rules being the driver of increasing costs. Does anybody know what these work rules are? As to my knowledge, nobody seems to be willing to let the riding public know.
Donald Hecht July 03, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Citizens to Martins: we haven't forgotten that you voted against the Marriage Equality Act, and against the Compassionate Care Act in the Senate Health Committee. Your expressed concern about LIRR fares is a thinly veiled Republican partisan attack on Cuomo. You are kidding no one. You don't give a damn about your constituents. We will look at your whole sad record and vote accordingly in November. Perhaps your Master Skelos can find a job for you after that.

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