Troiano Leads Rally To Save Long Island Bus Service
Legislator Robert Troiano (D- Westbury) led a protest rally on Thursday, September 16th at the Rosa Parks Transit Center in Hempstead to heighten awareness about the potential loss of bus service throughout Nassau due to an impasse in negotiations between the MTA and Nassau County.
The rally was organized by Legislator Troiano and Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall to demand that the County and MTA work cooperatively towards a real solution that protects this vital transportation service. The protest rally which attracted several hundred people with the help of community-based organizations such as the E.O.C., Hispanic Counseling Center, Vision Long Island, Hempstead Hispanic Civic Assoc., LI Progressive Coalition, the Hempstead Coordinating Council of Civic Associations, the NAACP and the New Hempstead Democratic Club.
"Losing Long Island Bus service will cripple our communities” Legislator Troiano stated, "This will hurt many Long Island residents, and threaten local businesses. Shutting down the LI Bus will have a ripple effect which will be felt in every corner of Nassau County. If students can not get to school, employees cannot get to work, the elderly and sick can not visit their doctors, area business, hospitals, schools, factories and local shops will all suffer."
Mayor Hall added, "I’m sick and tired of the neediest and most vulnerable in our communities getting the short end of the stick! It is time to work together to find a solution to Save Our Buses!”
Troiano and Hall were joined by County Legislator Dave Denenberg, Hempstead Deputy Mayor Henry Conyers, Hempstead Trustee Tony Rosario, Freeport Deputy Mayor Carmen Pineyro as well as representatives from Legislator Joe Scannell and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby’s office. All spoke out about the need for the MTA and the County to find the resources to ensure that this essential service on which so many depend will continue to serve our residents.
The rally also featured riders of L.I. Bus, including students from Nassau Community College and representatives form New York Communities for Change, who spoke about how important the busses are to them. Roger Clayman, Executive Director of the L.I. Federation of Labor, joined by Patricia Bowden of the T.W.U. and Michelle Lynch from SEIU, spoke passionately about what a shutdown of L.I. Bus would mean to the many workers who would lose their jobs.
Anyone who would like to join the effort to save L.I. Bus is encouraged to call Legislator Troiano’s office at 571-6202 to offer their support.