Chamber Speaker Discussed Benefits of LIRR Expansion

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March 07, 2017
   At the Garden City Chamber of Commerce luncheon program on February 8, David Kapell, Exec. Director of Right Track for Long Island Coalition spoke on the benefits of Governor Cuomo's proposed Long Island Rail Road Improvement Program: Floral Park-Hicksville Expansion (formerly known as the Third Track). Mr. Kapell presented an in-depth view of the regional and local benefits of the LIRR expansion program, i.e., it would improve service and reduce delays; eliminating seven grade crossings along the corridor; major station upgrades; improving the track infrastructure and potentially provide jobs for thousands of people.   The conclusion of his talk was followed by a Q & A session in which Garden City Mayor Nicholas Episcopia offered his opinion on deficiencies in the  DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact  Statement). The luncheon proved informative while clarifying details of the proposal.

L to R) Dennis Donnelly (Chamber Executive Director); Thomas McCambridge (Chamber President); Guest Speaker David Kapell
(Executive Director Right Track for LI Coalition); John E. Appelt (Chamber 1st VP); Michael Ventre (Chamber 2nd VP) and Salvatore Armao (Chamber Treasurer).

                                    Mr. Kapell  giving his views to the Chamber audience.
            Tom McCambridge (Chamber President); David Kapell (Guest Speaker) being presented a certificate of appreciation by
                John Appelt (Chamber 1st VP) and Dennis Donnelly (Chamber Exec. Director).


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