Patrick Nowakowski, new LIRR president, joins LIA board

LIRR president Patrick Nowakowski has joined the 65-member LIRR president Patrick Nowakowski has joined the 65-member board of the Long Island Association. On May 12, 2014, he rode an elevator to start his job at LIRR headquarters in Jamaica Station. Photo Credit: Uli Seit

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The head of the Long Island Rail Road has joined the board of directors of the region's largest business group.

Patrick Nowakowski, the railroad's president, will serve on the 65-member board of the Long Island Association. He succeeds Helena Williams, who was fired by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in April after she led the LIRR for seven years.

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Williams' concerns over the Metro-North railroad gaining access to Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station and the LIRR potentially losing track space there reportedly angered her superiors. She remains a paid consultant for the LIRR.

LIA board members are not paid for their service.

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