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LIRR engineer awarded for heroism; town supports budget amendment

A Long Island Rail Road engineer was recognized

A Long Island Rail Road engineer was recognized for saving a woman from a burning vehicle earlier this month. Here, a westbound train is seen on March 11, 2014. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.


LIRR engineer honored for life-saving action

The MTA on Monday honored Long Island Rail Road engineer Joseph Moscato, 64, who helped save a woman from a burning vehicle earlier this month.

Moscato, a Centereach resident and 14-year LIRR engineer, received an award at a meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s LIRR committee for his actions on March 8 when he came upon the accident on Route 347 near Townline Road in Hauppauge.

Moscato, a longtime volunteer firefighter in Babylon and Centereach who was off-duty from his LIRR job, retrieved a fire extinguisher from his car and used it to push back the flames.

That bought Commack volunteer firefighter Matthew Monahan, 26, the few extra seconds he needed to safely pull the driver, Alyssa Marie Fox, 20, of Seaford, from the vehicle, officials said. The car exploded in flames seconds later.

“His heroic actions exemplify the best traditions of service at the Long Island Rail Road, both to the railroad and to the communities we serve,” LIRR president Helena Williams said.

Moscato said receiving the award “was a great honor,” adding that “it represents the caliber of the people that work at the Long Island Rail Road.”


Board supports State Senate budget amendment

The Huntington Town board is supporting an amendment in a State Senate budget bill that would force the Long Island Power Authority to complete feasibility studies for repowering existing power plants before they sign contracts with other power providers.

The board on March 24 sent a letter, signed by all five members, to state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) saying they support his amendment.

The bill is being negotiated between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Assembly for passage in the state budget due April 1.

Huntington is fighting a lawsuit filed by LIPA claiming an overassessment of the Northport power plant.

“From the very beginning our position has been that repowering the Northport plant was a solution to the tax certiorari proceeding,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “What it does is it provides for existing plants to repower without the cost or the environmental impacts of new plants being built. At the same time we will be able to stabilize taxes.”

LaValle, along with other state and local lawmakers, wants LIPA to work on a long-promised study of the feasibility of overhauling the “legacy” power-generating facilities, such as Northport and Port Jefferson, as LIPA prepares to sign power supply agreements with other providers.



Feminist lecturer Shelby Knox to speak at SCCC

Shelby Knox, a feminist blog writer and lecturer, is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College as part of the school’s semester-long feminist film series.

A 2005 Sundance Film Festival award-winning film tells the story of Knox, who as a high school student campaigned for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas.

“The Education of Shelby Knox” will be shown before her discussion in the Montaukett Learning Resource Center on the campus. The screening begins at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

There are eight films in the Feminist Film Series program, which runs through May 7.

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