(Ed. note: The following letter was sent to the president of the Long Island Rail Road and is printed here at the writer's request.)
Re: Manhasset Station Renovation Project
Dear Mr. Prendergast:
The Manhasset Railroad station's temporary westernmost platform should become permanent and a staircase should be constructed north of Manhasset Avenue to allow for more direct access to the LIRR's trains, according to a sizable number of our constituents. Their views were expressed at a public forum we sponsored last night, which was attended by a number of your staffers, including Robert Brennan of the Public Affairs office.
Recognizing the convenience an extended platform and staircase at this site would mean for hundreds of Manhasset commuters, we hope the LIRR will seriously consider the proposal. The Park District envisions another advantage to moving in this direction--scores of commuters who now park their cars in the lots nearest the station might choose to walk.
I understand there are a significant number of steps that must be taken to make this proposal a reality (e.g. ascertaining who owns the property in and around the site between the LIRR's tracks and Manhasset Avenue, seeking capital funds for the platform and staircase's construction). Nevertheless, as an elected official and a daily LIRR commuter, I would welcome the chance to accompany you on a quick walking tour of the westernmost Manhasset station platform during the morning rush hour, if your schedule permits. In this way, you would see first-hand why the proposal is winning such support in Manhasset.
Michael C. Adams, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Manhasset Park District.