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Governor Cuomo Taking "See How it Goes" Approach to Possible LIRR Strike

by Associated Press
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LIRR Train.

ShellyS, Flickr

A transit strike could begin Sunday.

Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the Long Island Road.

   Unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

   No talks were scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That's the agency that operates the LIRR.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute.

   The governor noted that talks often go to the brink before there is a resolution.

   State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says a strike could cost up to $50 million in lost economic activity each day.

   And the head of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council complained that riders are being forgotten by both sides.

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