2003-03-01 / Community

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled For March 5

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has announced that his Southeast Queens Transportation Advisory Committee is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting on mass transportation issues to be held on Wednesday, March 5. The meeting will be at The Atrium at York College, which is located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica.

"Mass transit services have a huge impact on the community, and it is important that local residents are adequately and efficiently served," Senator Smith said. "All voices need to be heard on this important issue, and this first annual Town Hall Meeting on Transportation will give my constituents the opportunity to raise their concerns."

Senator Smith noted that representatives of various organizations that impact the community’s transportation services will be present at this meeting to discuss various mass transportation issues, and to answer any questions residents may have about them. These representatives include Douglas Sussman, MTA Director of Government and Community Relations; Joe Cannisi, NYCDOT Bureau Commissioner for Queens; and James Dermody, Acting President of MTA Long Island Railroad.

"The proposed transit fare increase by the MTA, along with the proposed closing of 177 token booths will be among the main issues up for discussion," said Senator Smith. "Other issues of importance to Queens residents, such as the deprivatization of local public transit bus routes and their possible takeover by the MTA, and issues surrounding the Southeast Queens Long Island Railroad Service will also be on the agenda."

The Queens lawmaker stressed the importance of these issues, especially in light of the vital role mass transit plays in the community, and urged his constituents to attend this Town Meeting to voice their concerns. "Our residents greatly depend on the effectiveness and affordability of mass transportation, and there are few issues more important to the lifeblood of our Queens community," Senator Smith stated.

"I am anxious to hear from the residents of our neighborhoods about their transportation concerns, and I look forward to seeing my constituents at this most important open forum on March 5 at York College," noted Senator Smith.

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