Sunday, April 8, 2012
Lancman's working on the railroad
From the Times Ledger:
State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) is ratcheting up his charge for Congress — and he’s starting at the local level.
The candidate for the 6th Congressional District stood with residents of Glendale and Middle Village on an overpass overlooking the Fresh Pond freight rail lines, along with the backyards of adjacent homes.
If elected, Lancman intends to enact legislation aimed at protecting the community affected by the environmental problems created by railroad companies that let their trains idle on the tracks outside the rail station.
“For far too long, residents of this area have had to put up with the noise, the smell and the lack of security resulting from rail companies ignoring the community’s concerns and performing railroad yard activities outside the railroad yard,” said Lancman at the gathering Monday. “This legislation would not only put an end to these disturbances by ensuring railroad yard activities actually take place in the railroad yard, but would also give the residents of this community input into the yard’s operation.”
The Neighborhood Rail Improvement Act would specifically prohibit rail companies from performing yard activities on tracks located in residential neighborhoods. These activities include repairs, maintenance, collection, storage and transfer of materials. The legislation would also create a nine-member Regional Community Advisory Board for railroad yards, comprised of residents appointed by the elected officials representing the area.