(Albany, New York) – Senator Todd Kaminsky released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s suggestion that Long Island Rail Road (“LIRR”) commuters receive fare reductions during Amtrak’s planned summer repairs at Penn Station.
“This is welcomed news to beleaguered LIRR commuters. They wonder why they are paying a hefty price for a service they are not receiving, all the while watching NJ Transit riders getting discounted fares. Any monies directed toward commuters goes a long way in giving them back the respect and dignity that’s been absent lately,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky.
Senator Todd Kaminsky has led the fight for improving service and reducing fares on the Long Island Rail Road. Last month, he hosted a rally, attended by scores of people, to “Sack Amtrak.” He twice penned letters to legislative leadership requesting they hold emergency hearings on conditions at Penn Station, and recently toured the facility and insisted that Amtrak officials do all they can to remedy the situation. In response, the Assembly held hearings during which Amtrak and MTA officials testified, disclosing new, actionable information. He has spoken out against the increase in LIRR fares while performance has declined, and challenged the MTA Director in Senate hearings on the poor state of several stations in his district. You can view his questioning of the MTA Director here, and the letter is attached to this email.