Friday, July 14, 2017
And the award for best supporting actor in third-track drama goes to . . .
Now, it’s time for a victory lap.
With the Long Island Rail Road’s third-track project finally getting the go-ahead, politicians, business leaders, and advocates are taking a moment to celebrate — and the win certainly breeds company.
Tweets and news releases have been rolling out since Tuesday night when State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan announced he would let the project move forward. The Right Track for Long Island Coalition, a group of organizations and businesses formed to push for the project, highlighted the approval on its website.
Some, like the Long Island Federation of Labor, the local Building Trades Council, the Long Island Association, and others, have been fighting for the third track for decades and noted the exhaustive history in their victory releases. Long Island Federation president John Durso recalled that he and other union and business leaders “made a pact” 12 years ago to advocate for the third track. The fight, he noted, has even been passed down to new generations of leaders, as some of the original players, like the LIA’s Matt Crosson and Building Trades’ Jack Kennedy, died before the third track won approval.
Then there are more recent proponents of the project, like Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran, who is running for county executive. In a tweet Thursday, she called the third- track funding a “home run.”
Randi F. Marshall