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Residents and officials rally for more LIRR service

  • State Senator Anthony Palumbo joined the rally for more Long Island Rail Road Service at the Hampton Bays station on Friday CHRISTOPHER WALSH PHOTOS

  • Southampton City Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni led a rally Friday for better South Fork Commuter Connection service. CHRISTOPHER WALSH PHOTOS

  • Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has led the effort to convince the MTA to make larger investments in the Montauk branch of the Long Island Rail Road.

  • Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine joined Friday’s meeting for expanded Long Island Rail Road service at the LIRR station in Hampton Bays.

  • Southampton Town Supervisor Maria Moore and Councilman Michael Iasilli asked residents to urge the MTA to add Long Island Rail Road service to the Montauk branch.

  • East Hampton Town Supervisor Kathee Burke-Gonzalez said her town relies on people out west to provide workers for its schools and businesses.

  • Robert Ross from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital spoke about the importance of a commuter rail service for the hospital’s more than 1,200 employees.

  • Lars Clemensen, superintendent of the Hampton Bays School District, said that “public transportation is about the future, and we are in the future.”

  • Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack was among the business interests represented at Friday’s meeting for better Long Island Rail Road service.