2017-07-14 / Letters

Only a few weeks left

To the Editor:

We can win this fight against the LIRR Third Track Expansion Project if everyone pitches in and writes and calls the people who can make the difference.

Suffolk County utilizes private carting companies to transport their garbage. There are ten townships in Suffolk County that contract the removal of their garbage to private carters. All of these private carters are run by groups of private individuals. These private individual organizations want transfer stations near the railroads so that they can get their garbage into the freight trains. They already have a lot of transfer stations near the railroads but want even more. Local communities in Suffolk County are constantly having meetings and trying to stop the new proposals for transfer stations because of the rats, odors, trash and heavy traffic on local streets.

The DEC closed all the town dumps except Brookhaven which takes ash and demolition debris. There is one other dump open in Smithtown that takes demolition debris. But other than these two dumps, all dumps in Suffolk County have been closed. Now Suffolk County has a huge garbage problem. Suffolk County wants to get all their garbage on freight trains and run them through Nassau County into Virginia, Kentucky or Ohio. Dumping rates are cheap there. So let me make this perfectly clear, the only reverse commuter is a ton of garbage.

Below is the contact information for elected officials:

• John Flanagan, NYS Senator – Senate Majority Leader, 260 Middle Country Road, Suite 102, Smithtown, NY 11787; Phone (631)361-2154; flanagan@ nysenate.gov

• Elaine Phillips, NYS Senator (Floral Park); 252 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, NY 11501-2431; Phone: (516)746-5924; ephillips@nysenate.gov

• Kemp Hannon, NYS Senator (Garden City), 595 Stewart Ave., Suite, 540 Garden City , NY 11530; Phone: (516)739-1700; hannon@nysenate.gov

Karen Reiter

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