Legislators join local organizations for Town Hall forum on railway reconstruction

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-East Shore) and Councilman James Oddo (R,C,I,WF-Mid-Island) are joining The Dongan Hills United Civic Association, The Grant City Civic Association and several transportation representatives for a Town Hall meeting to discuss maintenance and reconstruction on the Staten Island Railway. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Grant City Civic Association president Elena Brady stated, “Our civic is happy to have representatives from the railway come speak to us about their plans for stations at Grant City, Dongan Hills, and other locations along the line. This is an opportunity for us to voice our concerns about the maintenance and service that is being provided.”

“With the railway under new management, we are hopeful that we can work together to get things done. The Mid-Island community is extremely thankful that they have made time to speak with us,” added Jerry Ruggiero, president of the Dongan Hills United Civic Association.

“This is a unique opportunity for commuters to speak directly with those who oversee the Staten Island Railway and receive information on the construction projects that will affect their daily commute,” said Malliotakis. “It is important that the community attend because the MTA needs to hear their precise concerns in order to make the requisite improvements. No one knows better than the riders.”

Councilman Oddo added, “I urge those who live near or utilize the Staten Island Railway to attend this meeting and bring your concerns or issues directly to those who operate and manage the system. I appreciate the members of the Grant City and the Dongan Hills United Civic Association and Assemblywoman Malliotakis for putting this meeting together.”

The meeting will take place at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 10 at the Edward Esposito Community Center, St. Christopher’s Church, located at 136 Midland Avenue. Also slated to participate are:

* Stepfone Montgomery – Vice President and Operating Officer of the Staten Island Railway,
* Melissa Farley – Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations of the New York City Transit Authority, and
* Superintendents from the departments of Infrastructure, Train Car Maintenance, Track Maintenance, MTA Police and Railway Engineers.

The public and members of the media are welcome to attend. For more information, please call (718) 987-0197.