Taxpayers, lawmakers want more details on 3rd track plan

As News 12 has reported, the governor's $1.5 billion plan would construct a third track along a stretch between Floral Park and Hicksville.

As News 12 has reported, the governor's $1.5 billion plan would construct a third track along a stretch between Floral Park and Hicksville. (5/19/16)

MINEOLA - Taxpayers and lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to go public with all the information concerning his plan to build a third set of rail tracks in Nassau County.

As News 12 has reported, the governor's $1.5 billion plan would construct a third track along a stretch between Floral Park and Hicksville.

"Without facts, without details, without accurate data, how do we expect communities to be able to not only pose the questions, but provide the comments necessary to have a proper scoping review and environmental impact study?" asks state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola).

A spokesperson for the governor issued a statement in part saying, "The Governor has committed to unprecedented community engagement - early and often - and that's what you're seeing right now and will continue to see as the project moves forward."

Two public hearings on the third track proposal are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Lawmakers and residents say they are asking Gov. Cuomo to postpone the meetings until more details about the plan are released.

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Public Hearings on Third Track Project

Tuesday, May 24 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park, located at 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Tuesday, May 24 6-9 p.m. at Hofstra University, in the Mack Student Center’s Student Theatre, located at 1000 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11549
Wednesday, May 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the ”Yes We Can” Community Center, located at 141 Garden St, Westbury, NY 11590.
Wednesday, May 25 from 6-9 p.m. at Antun’s, located at 244 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY 11801.

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