LI congressmen 'disappointed' at breakdown in MTA-LIRR union talks

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After pointedly telling MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast in Washington last week that no one should count on Congress to intervene in the deadlocked contract talks with LIRR unions, key members of the Long Island congressional delegation today bemoaned the lack of any negotiating with four days to go to the strike deadline.

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Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Pete King (R-Seaford) and Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) issued the following statement:

"We were extremely disappointed to learn that the MTA left negotiations yesterday without presenting their own counter offer. Both sides need to be at the negotiating table non-stop to work out an agreement that keeps the transit workforce on the job and keeps service running for our constituents. Both sides need to do their part to keep negotiations moving forward rather than settling in for a stalemate. A compromise must be reached."

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