Transportation

New LIRR tracks mark ambitious ‘Empire Station’ plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual “budget proposal” tour rolled on Monday, with a whopper of a plan for Long Island commuters. Billed as “the 30th proposal” of the governor’s annual State of the State multibillion-dollar masterplan, the Empire Station Complex – unveiled by Cuomo during a speech before the nonprofit Association for a Better New York – would create a modern transit hub on Manhattan’s West Side. The plan centers on the…

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New LIMA flights rekindle LIMBA’s hopes

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island MacArthur Airport is spreading its wings, and a longtime regional quality-of-life watchdog wants to make sure the airport’s climb doesn’t stall. Long Island Metro Business Action, a three-decade-old Ronkonkoma-based member organization focused on Island-wide socioeconomic issues, welcomed LIMA Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken to its Aug. 11 networking breakfast, part of a 2017 Breakfast Series cosponsored by Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP. The commish, a former manager of…


Smooth transfer: Ousted Foye on board at MTA

There’s landing on your feet, and then there’s Pat Foye. Fired Tuesday as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Long Island resident was hired Wednesday as the new president of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, with official word coming from the MTA early Thursday. Joseph Lhota, MTA chairman, announced Foye’s hiring along with the appointment of Veronique Hakim as the authority’s new managing director. Along with MTA Chief Development…


Cuomo rides the rails at LIA luncheon

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was lustily booed at Citi Field after snagging a foul ball, New York’s own Andrew Cuomo gracefully fielded a pop-up – and brought down the house – at a Long Island Association luncheon. Playing to an extremely favorable crowd at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, Cuomo was interrupted by several ovations as he reported progress on multiple fronts in the state’s…


Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for…


Hot tip: In-app Uber gratuities come to Suffolk

Suffolk County Uber passenger can now take advantage of in-app tipping protocols. Noting “an important step forward,” Uber announced Thursday that “the feature asked for the most in the Uber app” is now available to Suffolk County passengers. The introduction of the tipping software in Long Island’s easternmost county is part of the San Francisco-based company’s 180 Days of Change campaign, which seeks to enact various service improvements – requested by both passengers and drivers –…


When pigs fly (and horses and cats and dogs, too)

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Noah some time, too. Extrapolating from clues provided by the Book of Genesis, theologians calculate that God’s favorite shipbuilder spent between 55 and 75 years constructing his namesake ark. The goings aren’t quite that slow at The Ark at JFK, though it’s taking Ark Development LLC a fair amount of time to finalize its comprehensive animal handling and shipping facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It won’t spare…