Locals gear up for possible LIRR strike
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“I would definitely be affected, and would likely have to stay home,” Wantagh resident Jean Rubin-Sheintul said. “I work in downtown Brooklyn and busing … or driving my car would take hours during rush hour traffic, and with the lack of parking near the courts and the expense of gas and parking lots, it would be prohibitive. I’m really hoping they don’t strike.”
A monthly ticket from Wantagh or Seaford to Penn Station costs $278, and some riders are concerned that they won’t get their money’s worth for July. “We have paid for a monthly ticket … and will have to either take time off of work, which costs us time/money,” said resident Risa Price, who works for a marketing agency in the city. “In my case, I’ll be forced to work in our other office up on the North Shore, and now will incur the gas costs that I otherwise wouldn’t have to.”
Wantagh resident Brandon Perry Frazer added that a strike would be a nightmare for commuters. “The LIRR should work through their differences and continue to provide service rather than punishing and holding the commuters hostage,” Frazer said.
Peter Ruffner, the president of the Seaford Library and a member of the Seaford Wellness Council, said he would try telecommunicating into the city in the event of a strike. “I doubt the strike will last long, if it even occurs, because this is a election year for the governor and the State Senate,” Ruffner said. “Neither Cuomo nor [Sen. Dean] Skelos want to be blamed for a strike. As statewide leaders, they would be responsible, and thus take the ire of the commuting public, because the MTA is a state creature and under their control.”
Jennifer Schilt Perfetti, who, like her husband, commutes into the city, said that if the LIRR didn’t refund the cost of monthly tickets in the event of a strike, a class action lawsuit could be a possibility. “I am so tired of the LIRR,” she said. “If they do strike, it will turn our world upside down.”