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"Winter Storm Watch" ...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon... * what...heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch possible. * Where...portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York. * When...from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. * Additional details...travel could be very difficult at any point during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday afternoon into the evening could cause any standing water to quickly freeze over. Strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into the night could bring down tree limbs and power lines. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. , "Special Statement" Light snow will continue to fall across the area through much of the morning commute, except east of NYC, where light snow may continue into the mid morning hours. Total snowfall amounts should generally be an inch or less. Motorists should be prepared for the possibility of slippery roads and use caution while driving. 451 am EST Fri Jan 18 2019 Light snow will continue to fall across the area through much of the morning commute, except east of NYC, where light snow may continue into the mid morning hours. Total snowfall amounts should generally be an inch or less. Motorists should be prepared for the possibility of slippery roads and use caution while driving. -- Friday Jan.18 19,08:34 AM

MTA Releases Open Letter Prior to Strike

LongIsland.com

The following statement has been released by the MTA.

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New York, NY - July 15, 2014 - After negotiations Monday July 14 Long Island Rail Road union leaders have threatened to strike as early as Sunday, July 20th.
 
The MTA remains committed to settling this matter quickly, but any new agreement must be affordable not just today, but also into the future, without jeopardizing the investments necessary to maintain the service we provide our riders or placing additional pressure on future fares.
 
In the most recent MTA offer, a current LIRR employee would receive: 
  • A 17% wage increase over seven years
  • An average $22,000 retroactive payment
  • Healthcare contributions of just 2% of base salary
  • No changes to pension contributions
  • No changes to work rules
  • To afford this offer, the MTA asks that future LIRR employees: 
  • Contribute 4% to healthcare
  • Contribute to their pensions throughout their career as an LIRR employee
  • Work more years to reach top pay
Under this plan, both existing and new LIRR employees will remain the highest paid commuter railroad workers in the country, and with the best pension in the industry.
 
A strike would have a devastating impact. It’s time to have productive negotiations to resolve our differences and return to what we all do best together – serving our LIRR customers.
 
Sincerely,
Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer