Time to clean up the station
To the Editor:
Is it me, or have others also noted the slow and steady decline in the environs of the Rockville Centre railroad station?
It is apparent to even the most passive observer that a group of wayward regulars inhabit the station waiting room, platform and surrounding area. I have great empathy for the homeless and genuine concern for the emotionally impaired. My concern extends to those in need of assistance.
I am also aware of the safety and quality-of-life issues raised by the present condition. It is important to note that the station is in the heart of the village and is the first impression many visitors have of Rockville Centre.
I recognize that the MTA and its police department have the primary jurisdiction to address this matter. Obviously, it has neglected an ongoing and increasingly unsafe and complex issue.
I believe that the village government has a responsibility to act. It is time to prompt the MTA and relevant social service agencies into action. If that effort fails, the current administration must take a leadership role. Safety and law enforcement in the village is the purview of the Rockville Centre Police Department. Quality-of-life crimes are the first indicator of what may be a future increase in more serious crime.
It is unacceptable to allow this situation to escalate and hope that another bureaucracy will act. Increased patrols and a proactive effort to address this problem are overdue.
Crazy to crack down on cabs
To the Editor: