News Archive

Readers Write: Critics miss point: 3rd track is needed
August 4, 2016

Readers Write: Critics miss point: 3rd track is needed

I hope to shed some light on some of the phooey that “journalists” and other op-ed writers seem to be spewing in editions of this paper about the third track for the main line. It is one thing to have an informed opinion and another to make outlandish, extravagant claims to instill fear where there […]

READ MORE
August 3, 2016

Politicians cynically oppose third track

Thank you for saying what a lot of Long Island residents like me were thinking when you published your Aug. 1 editorial “Third track must get top priority.” For months, it seems, the narrative surrounding the proposed third-track Long Island Rail Road expansion has been dominated by current and former politicians who claim to be […]

READ MORE
July 31, 2016

Minimize effect of LIRR’s third track, but get it built

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino says he’s worried that the Long Island Rail Road’s third-track project could bring “danger” to Floral Park’s pool and recreation complex and the playground of an elementary school. It’s surprising then that he’s never complained about the existing two tracks of the Main Line, which are in pretty much the […]

READ MORE
July 28, 2016

Floral Park must look at third-rail benefits

I am disappointed by the NIMBY attitude of some of our neighbors in Floral Park who object to construction of a Long Island Rail Road third track alongside the village’s pool complex [“Diving into controversy,” News, July 19]. I understand concerns regarding the complex, but Long Island’s future must not be sacrificed for it. The […]

READ MORE
July 19, 2016

Rice: LI transportation growth tied to $305B federal bill

A recently passed $305 billion federal transportation bill will help bring Long Island’s infrastructure “into the 21st century,” Rep. Kathleen Rice said Tuesday. At a meeting of the Long Island Smart Growth Working Group — a consortium of planning organizations in the region — Rice (D-Garden City) spoke on the topic of the Fixing America’s […]

READ MORE
LIRR 3rd track plan, new $6.75M pool make waves in Floral Park
July 19, 2016

LIRR 3rd track plan, new $6.75M pool make waves in Floral Park

The Long Island Rail Road’s plan to build a third track several feet from a $6.75 million public pool complex that opened in Floral Park a year ago has stoked concerns about the disruption of suburban quality of life that are shared by others in communities along the project’s 10-mile path. Supporters, however, say the […]

READ MORE
LIRR’s 3rd track called vital to L.I. economy
June 24, 2016

LIRR’s 3rd track called vital to L.I. economy

With only about a fifth of its workforce commuting to New York City, Long Island is far from the “bedroom community” for the five boroughs it once was, said Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association. But those workers bring back paychecks worth 39 percent of Nassau and Suffolk counties’ income, according to a […]

READ MORE
May 26, 2016

A decade later, public is more accepting of LIRR third track

Supporters of the Long Island Rail Road’s plan to add a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville were ready for outrage and uproar at six public comment sessions this week. But what they heard were sensible questions about how the project would be handled, how communities would be protected and how best to move […]

READ MORE
May 25, 2016

LIRR 3rd track hearings gets mixed responses in Westbury, Hicksville

Sentiment for the Long Island Rail Road’s proposal to build a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville was mixed at the final public hearing of the week in Hicksville, where laborers, union leaders and representatives of higher education institutions, tech firms, planning groups and government agencies implored the LIRR to proceed. In contrast to […]

READ MORE
May 24, 2016

MTA Holds First Public Meeting On LIRR Third Track

Long Island residents are getting their first chance to see the details of the plan to build a third track between Floral Park and Hicksville on the Long Island Rail Road as the MTA held its first of six public meetings on Tuesday. Dave Kappel, executive director of the Right Track for Long Island Coalition […]

READ MORE