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Letter: Elected leaders must help LIRR

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he probably won't cut his vacation short because of the LIRR strike. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are missing in action concerning the pending Long Island Rail Road strike ["Strike a deal, avoid a strike," Editorial, July 13].

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Thomas Prendergast, along with many MTA board members, serve at the pleasure of the governor. De Blasio appoints four of the board members. New York State provides several hundred million dollars in capital and operating assistance a year to the LIRR.

The LIRR plays a significant role in the New York City economy. Suburban commuters not only work there, but also spend money on dining, shopping, sporting events and Broadway theaters. There are growing numbers of reverse commuters who travel to the suburbs for work.

Cuomo and de Blasio claim to be leaders and hands-on managers. Yet both appear to have abandoned several hundred thousand LIRR commuters to whatever destiny awaits them. Those riders will have to join Queens commuters, which will overwhelm the already crowded subways and express buses.

Larry Penner, Great Neck


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