As you are probably aware, Governor Cuomo has resurrected the Long Island Rail Road Third Track Proposal. Late last week, the LIRR released its “Draft Scoping Document”.  A copy of the Draft Scoping Documents can be obtained at 

LIRR Expansion Project Scoping Document

The release of the Draft Scoping Document is an important step in the environmental review process under New York State’s Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).  It is designed to give the public a chance to comment and ask questions about the impact that the project will have on their homes and community.  The LIRR is then supposed to explain how it will address these concerns.The Third Track Task Force has begun its review of the Scoping Document and has many questions and concerns about it and do not believe it adequately discloses the potential impact of the Third Track Proposal on Floral Park. 

Further, the LIRR has only provided little more than the bare minimum time required under SEQRA for public comments on the Scoping Document.  The public hearings they have scheduled are also inadequate. 

They have scheduled Public Hearings on 

Tuesday, May 24  11:00 am - 2:00 pm, The Inn at New Hyde Park, 214 Jericho Turnpike New Hyde Park
Tuesday, May 24 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Mack Student Center Hofstra University, Hempstead
Wednesday, May 25 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Yes We Can Community Center 141 Garden Street, Westbury
Wednesday, May 25 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Antun's by Minar 244 Old Country Road, Hicksville. 

A project of this scope and scale requires more than two dates with hearing times only offered in the afternoon and early evening.Therefore, given the small window of time in which we have been provided an opportunity to comment, it is important that we receive your help.

On Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall Court Room, the Third Track Task Force will be holding an organizational meeting so we can organize community groups and others as to how they can assist. 

Please try and send a representative or two from your organization to this important meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m.at the Village Hall Court Room. Please respond to Susan Walsh, swalsh@fpvillage.org, if you or a representative can make the meeting.  If you or someone from your organization cannot make this meeting, please respond and let us know who from your group can serve as the contact person on this important issue.

We hope you and your organization can help us to ensure that the residents of Floral Park’s issues and concerns areheard and properly addressed by the LIRR and New York State.

Thank you,
Trustee Archie T. Cheng
Chairman, Third Track Task Force

Susan E. Walsh, RMC
Village Clerk
One Floral Blvd.
Floral Park, NY  11001
516 326-6304 Fax. 516 326-2734
swalsh@fpvillage.org