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Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Cuomo: Rail Strike Would Hold Commuters Hostage

by Associated Press
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Wikimedia

After days of avoiding the fray, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly waded into a labor dispute Wednesday that threatens to bring the nation's largest commuter railroad to a standstill.

   Cuomo said a strike on the Long Island Rail Road would be "highly disruptive" to nearly 300,000 daily riders. He called on rail worker unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to restart talks to avert a strike; an hour later the MTA invited the unions back to the bargaining table.

LIRR Contract Talks End Early - Strike Talk Grows

by Associated Press
LIRR.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr

A union leader says a strike next month is more likely after talks with the management of the Long Island Rail Road ended abruptly Friday.

Newsday reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union leaders met for less than two hours before negotiations ended.

Christopher Natale of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen says his members are preparing for a strike.

MTA Chair Lhota Resigns, May Run for NYC Mayor

by Jeff Coltin
MTA Chairman Joe Lhota pointing down a subway track

Patrick Cashin / Metropolitan Transportation Authority

 

MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota has confirmed he will step down at the end of the year to explore a run for New York City Mayor. Lhota has led the transportation agency since October of last year. He previously served as a Deputy Mayor under Rudy Giuliani and would run for Mayor as a Republican.

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