Denenberg Urges Commuters to Protest Bus Service Cuts
MTA/LI Bus Hearing on March 1, 6 p.m. at the Chateau Briand
Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) rode an MTA/LI bus from Mineola to the Rosa Parks Transit Center in Hempstead to emphasize the importance of commuter bus service for Nassau County residents. Upon arrival at the transit center, Legislator Denenberg urged commuters to voice their opposition to the proposed MTA/LI Bus service cuts during a public hearing scheduled for this Monday, March 1, at 6 p.m. at the Chateau Briand on Old Country Road in Carle Place.
Legislator Denenberg said, “Eliminating bus routes will negatively impact commuters and residents including my constituents in Merrick and Freeport who use the N53 and N62 buses to get to work, school and downtown shops and restaurants. If these routes are cut, commuters utilizing them will be forced to purchase a vehicle, if they can afford a vehicle, or change their job, school and/or residence. The MTA payroll tax was created to prevent such service cuts. Nassau County, through its employers, both public and private, pays the highest payroll tax in New York State with the exception of New York City. Moreover, Nassau County pays more for its MTA bus service than any other county in the state. Yet, now, the MTA seeks service cuts in Nassau County. This is outrageous!”
Legislator Denenberg concluded by saying Monday evening’s hearing is the time for the public to come forward and speak on this vital matter. “I urge all affected residents to join me and speak up at the hearing because together we can make a difference.”