From the Daily News:
[Council Member Karen] Koslowitz questioned whether the LIRR intentionally scheduled its latest pruning on Burns St. after the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner, who lives nearby and often criticized the LIRR.
"It's a really big coincidence," Koslowitz said. "It's hard to say. It seems kind of funny that it's happening at this time."
Residents of the nearby Tennis View Apartments contend Weiner's absence has left them without their biggest ally.
They have turned to Koslowitz and state lawmakers, but they say Weiner held the most sway since LIRR tracks fall under federal, not city or state, jurisdiction.
"His constituents are left without their David to battle LIRR Goliath," said artist Russ Gundlach, 45, who has lived in the building for 13 years.