Tag Archive: MTA

Mar 21 2014

Queens Leaders Blast MTA For Poor Communication

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in a letter sent to the MTA, Senator Mike Gianaris and several elects voiced the frustration of thousands of commuters.

Are surprise 7 train closures making your commute a nightmare? Have no fear, State Senator Mike Gianaris is keeping up the pressure.

In a letter to the MTA, several Queens elected officials united to voice their opposition to the incessant 7 train closures and demanded that the MTA communicate more effectively with the public to help minimize headaches for thousands of commuters.

Senator Gianaris was the first to put out the press release.

Press Release:

NEW YORK STATE SENATE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jacob Tugendrajch jtugend16@gmail.com

Senator Gianaris, Electeds Pen 7 Train Shutdown Letter to MTA

(Long Island City, NY) Following miscommunications between the MTA and Long Island City residents and business owners regarding the agency’s plans to help the neighborhood cope with incessant 7 train closures, Senator Michael Gianaris, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer  demanded the MTA communicate openly with community representatives moving forward.

“With this letter we intend to keep the MTA focused on keeping its lines of communication with Long Island City open,” said Senator Gianaris. “We are all struggling with the effects of 7 train closures and now is not the time for the MTA to ignore the concerns of the community. The MTA needs to respond to questions voiced by LIC residents and I will continue to hold its feet to the fire until more progress is made on this issue.”

“The residents and business owners  of Long Island City are experiencing a great deal of inconvenience as a result of the multiple weekend closures of the 7 line and this planned advertising campaign is supposed to help compensate for that inconvenience,” Borough President Katz said. “We have to make sure the MTA does what it takes to make sure this campaign is an effective one. I hope the MTA heeds the community’s concerns and provides the commitments and assurances the community is seeking.”

“The reduction in 7 line service is very unfair and wrong,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.  “I would urge the MTA and the residents of Long Island City to continue to work out an agreement both on the marketing campaign that was initially promised to the community and additional programs such as a shuttle from the Vernon-Jackson stop. I support the Long Island City Artists, Merchants, Queens Community Board 2, Long Island City Partnership and other community leaders and residents who are advocating for the neighborhood and I am very disappointed that the MTA has not been able to provide a better response.”

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Jan 29 2013

Councilman Halloran and Mayoral Candidate Joe Lhota Swear in Club Officers

Board officers of the Northeast Queens Republican Club were sworn in this week by Mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota and City Councilman Dan Halloran.

“This is a very important election year, especially because it’s the mayor who sets forth policy,” said Halloran. “We’ll only get real change if our new mayor brings it. We need the new generation of young Republicans to stay involved.”

Although Dan Halloran has not yet made an official endorsement of any of the GOP Mayoral candidates, he offered praise to Joe Lhota for his leadership of the MTA.

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Dec 10 2012

Activist Says Lhota Refused To Make Service Investments In Northeast Queens

Ali Fadil, an 18-year-old sophomore at Quinnipiac University, writes in response to Elio Forcina’s letter urging Joseph Lhota to enter the Mayor’s race.

A letter from community activist and Whitestone resident, Ali Fadil.

Dear Queens-Politics,

I am Ali Fadil, a community organizer based in Northeast Queens, and I am writing this letter in response to your posting of Elio Forcina’s letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota encouraging Lhota to run for mayor next year.

                What I am critical of in Elio Forcina’s letter is that he seems to offer wholehearted support to Lhota despite the fact that Lhota has done little for Northeast Queens, especially when it comes to Express Bus service which many in Northeast Queens rely on. During Lhota’s chairmanship, service reliability on the Express Buses in Northeast Queens has gotten worse, which in part is due to the MTA making substantial changes to Bus Operator work schedules at the College Point Bus Depot where the QM1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 20 which all operate in Northeast Queens are based out of. Service levels during some parts of the day on some Northeast Queens Express Bus routes are worse than they were under Queens Surface. Lhota has also refused to make service investments in Northeast Queens where it matters such as adding a Bayside/Whitestone/North Flushing to Lower Manhattan service which the MTA has admitted is a good idea; or having service on the QM2 and QM20 begin earlier in the morning which would better accommodate lots of people; or adding a 3rd Avenue branch to the QM20 bus; or restoring North Shore Towers to Lower Manhattan Express Bus service which the MTA quietly cut in 2008 without a public hearing, and at a time when there were plenty of service investments being planned, such as a Q45 extension to Atlas Park which drew widespread opposition in Glendale and by Community Board 5. 

                 If Joseph Lhota really cared about Northeast Queens, he would have had his agency meet with myself and Senator Tony Avella when we wanted to have a sit down with the MTA to discuss the possibility of having a Bayside/Whitestone/North Flushing to Lower Manhattan Express Bus route which the MTA thinks is a good idea. But when Senator Tony Avella requested a meeting with the MTA when they were mulling service investments, Lhota’s agency refused to meet with myself and Senator Tony Avella. Lhota could have also restored the North Shore Towers to Lower Manhattan Express Bus route that was cut without a public hearing and during a time when the MTA was making service investments that communities did not want to have which was the case when the MTA wanted to extend the Q45 to Atlas Park.

                  As someone who wanted to represent Northeast Queens in Albany, I hope that Elio Forcina understands that Joseph Lhota is a man that has done little for the area that he lives in and has done little for the area that he wanted to represent. As mentioned, Lhota even refused to have a representative of his agency meet with myself and Senator Tony Avella to discuss service in Northeast Queens. I do not think that someone such as Joseph Lhota who does little for Northeast Queens and refuses to work with Express Bus riders/advocates like myself and our elected officials should be our mayor.

 

Sincerely,

Ali Fadil 

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