Rockville Centre, NY - January 2, 2017 - Today, Senator Todd Kaminsky demanded that the Long Island Rail Road (“LIRR”) investigate the December cancellations and delays that many have faced during their commutes in and out of New York Pennsylvania Station and Atlantic Terminal. Senator Kaminsky sent a letter to Patrick Nowakowski, President of the LIRR, requesting that he investigate these delays immediately.
“Nearly everyday in December, I heard from constituents about unacceptable cancellations and delays on the LIRR,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “This cannot be the new normal. Long Island riders pay way too much to endure unpredictable breakdowns, crowded trains, and other safety hazards. I have written to the LIRR -- citing December’s on-time statistics -- demanding that they investigate what took place and a plan to remedy it.”
Senator Kaminsky has led the fight to provide relief to Long Island commuters. He held a rally, attended by scores of people, to “Sack Amtrak”. He also twice penned letters to legislative leadership requesting they hold emergency hearings on conditions at Penn Station. In response, the Assembly held hearings during which Amtrak and MTA officials testified, disclosing new, actionable information. He has spoken out against the increase in LIRR fares while performance has declined, and challenged the MTA Director in Senate hearings on the poor state of several stations in his district.