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LETTERS: LIRR, Albany and more

Fix LIRR schedule for Riverhead riders

We live in Riverhead and would much prefer to take our trips to the city from here rather than driving to Ronkonkoma first (30 minutes), finding and paying for parking, and then driving home again . However, it is not possible to take a one-day round-trip train from Riverhead to Penn Station unless one leaves at 6:08 a.m. The next train departs at 12:18 and arrives in the city around 2:30 p.m., too late for matinees, ball games, etc.

The last train to Riverhead leaves at 5:41 p.m., so it is impossible to attend an evening event and return via the rails to Riverhead.

On the weekends the first train to the city leaves at 1:50 p.m. and gets to the city around 4. The last train to Riverhead leaves at 2:16 p.m.

In my mind this accounts for the lack of ridership. Make the schedule more accommodating with a late-night train east, and the round-trip will become feasible and popular.

Mark Hobson



Replace all legislators to fix Albany's ills

I hope the electorate of New York has a long memory. This current legislative body in Albany is inventing new words for ineffectuality . In an effort to distance themselves from making tough decisions that would hurt their chances of re-election, they are leaving the governor "swinging in the wind." They think that if they don't vote for it we can't pin it on them.

Their disgraceful actions this summer should highlight their lack of our trust. All we ask of them is to do the job we pay them for. I sincerely hope for those memories to click in in November. Nothing short of replacing the entire legislative body will begin to fix what's wrong up there in Albany.

Paul Coonelly

North Babylon


Schmitt's raise was small potatoes

County and state legislators should only be permitted to raise salaries on a "next term" basis. But even if the Nassau County Legislature's presiding officer, Peter Schmitt, had not decided to rescind his raise , his salary is a minor problem considering the fact that my school district (Port Washington) pays half its teachers more than $100,000, with thousands of other Nassau teachers also earning more than $100,000. And half our county police earn more than $130,000.

Then add in very generous health and pension benefits.

Let's focus on the real causes of our fiscal problems.

Frank J. Russo, Jr.

Port Washington

Editor's note: The writer is president of the Port Washington Educational Assembly and serves on the executive committee of Long Islanders for Educational Reform.