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Reader: LIRR repair worst in 20 years

An LIRR train disappears into a tunnel westbound

An LIRR train disappears into a tunnel westbound on the way to Penn Station via an East River tunnel under the 49th Avenue underpass in Hunter's Point, Queens onMay 11, 2011. Credit: Craig Ruttle

On a recent morning, I spent an hour and 40 minutes on the train trying to get to work in Manhattan. The Long Island Rail Road said there was a rail condition in the tunnel. I believe this has been happening more frequently over the last year.

Broken rails, track conditions, smoke conditions, inclement weather, late-arriving equipment, lack of equipment are constantly blamed for delays and canceled trains. In turn, this causes crowding on platforms and at Penn Station.

I've seen people run to platforms when their train is called to ensure getting a seat. They push and shove to get on arriving trains. I've been commuting to Manhattan via the LIRR for more than 20 years, and this is by far the worst I've seen the railroad perform.

Chris Lyon, Seaford


Parking reminder cost $120


For the first time in more than 15 years that I've been parking in the Long Island Rail Road lot, the Town of Hempstead failed to send me a parking permit renewal form. The permit enables LIRR riders to park at the train station.

When I called the town clerk's office, I was told there was a computer error and many people did not receive the renewal notice in the mail. I received a $120 parking ticket for not having the new sticker. I asked if the town could write a letter explaining its error and was told no.

Bottom line is, the town made an error, and I have to pay a $120 fine.

Peter Caterina, Wantagh


Response: Huge scallop harvest



from an 8-year effort


"Big scallop haul is a mystery" [Just Sayin', April 18] missed the mark.

The 100,199-pound scallop harvest in 2014 didn't magically appear. It was the result of eight years of intensive restoration efforts by dozens of dedicated scientists, staff and volunteers from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Long Island University, the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training program, Stony Brook University's Southampton campus and other institutions.

Our team has stocked millions of broodstock scallops in spawner sanctuaries since 2006, with the goal of increasing the supply of scallop larvae to the bays. This has succeeded unconditionally. Through thousands of hours of work on and under the water, we have documented (and published in scientific journals) that larval numbers have reached 140 times those seen just before our restoration efforts; more larvae have resulted in much larger scallop populations and, in turn, annual harvests that are now 30 times higher than prior to our restoration efforts.

Stephen Tettelbach, Cutchogue

Editor's note: The writer is a biology professor at LIU Post and co-leader of the Peconic Bay Scallop Restoration Program.


Response: Regional zoning must



trump local NIMBYs


As an architect, educator and longtime resident of Long Island, I can only echo the points raised in "NIMBY cure: regional zoning" [Just Sayin', April 18].

Fractured planning has stifled intelligent and comprehensive development. It's time that regional priorities trumped narrowly focused local zoning.

This is a conversation that takes place in forums throughout Long Island. Smart growth occurring on a broader scale would benefit all and should trump the parochial interests of local NIMBYs.

Burton L. Roslyn, Roslyn Heights