Commentary from Former Mayor Ann Corbett
Governor Cuomo said within the last few days that he has heard from Floral Park
but intends to go ahead with his budget plan to fund a multibillion dollar MTA LIRR Third
Track Expansion project from Floral Park to Hicksville. Maybe he hasn’t heard from
enough of us who live and work in Floral Park.
The Governor plans to spend our taxpayer’s money to satisfy his ego and his
legacy. His budget is great for the unions but not the people of our village or the folks in
communities along the Main Line that will be badly impacted by this project.
The economy is not great here in New York State despite Gov. Cuomo’s
constant barrage of expensive TV ads telling us how wonderful the State is for business
and the quality of life of millions of people. Truth is the State is very inhospitable to
businesses with its high taxes and high utility rates. Why is he cozy with a small number
of Long island big business owners at the expense of the rest of us who will be
inconvenienced and negatively impacted by this unnecessary project? There’s no proof
of a need for more trains for reverse commute. We don’t want more rumbling freight
trains carrying garbage day and night going through the village. We don’t need city
people coming out here to points east to compete for jobs. Why would low wage
workers pay the high cost of commuting?
Why should property be taken from our citizens? Floral Park isn’t the only
community to suffer – imagine a giant MTA LIRR parking garage in New Hyde Park to
replace street level parking and homes that are there now?
There are plenty of reasons why this isn’t a good idea for all the communities
along the Main Line. Many people have presented the facts to the Governor but he
chooses to ignore them. The bottom line is this. The Governor thinks he has already
heard from the residents and businesspeople of Floral Park. Join me and the Citizens
Against Rail Expansion CARE. Write, e-mail and use your social media skills to contact
Governor Cuomo. We have around 50 days to convince the Governor to remove this
proposal from his budget. Call (516) 775-6849 for more information.
Contact Governor Cuomo and respectfully ask him to remove this item from his
budget. Write to: The Hon. Andrew Cuomo, Executive Chamber, State Capitol Building,
Albany, NY 12224 or call: (518) 474- 8390 or contact via internet by visiting:
Ann V. Corbett