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Tue, 22 Mar 2011

Long Island residents rally with Democratic legislature for bus service reform - Long Island Report

Long Island residents rally with Democratic legislature for bus service reform

by John Santucci

Nassau County Democratic legislators, with Long Island Bus riders by their side, called on County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Bethpage) to come back to the table and discuss funding for the transportation system to avoid monumental cuts to the service.


A Long Island commuter waits for the bus she needs to get around
Leg. Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) said he does not see the need for privatization. Abrahams proposed a plan that the Nassau County Legislature can commit $5 million, per year, over the next five to seven years to fulfill the $25 million the MTA called for to keep the Long Island Bus running. Local residents depend on Long Island Bus to get to work, the doctor, and other necessary travel.



As part of his revised budget plan, County Executive Mangano has indicated a possibility of privatizing the system. The MTA will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday March 23 at 3pm at Hofstra University focusing on the future of the trouble transit system.


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