Opinion

(Ed.'s note: The following was sent to Paul Bisono, the station manager at the LIRR Port station, and is printed here at the writer's request.)

Thank you for participating in our Clean Green Zone. With your help, and with the help of our other partners, we hope to begin the process of beautifying the eight blocks of Main Street between Port Washington Boulevard to the east, and Mackey Avenue to the west. All parties acknowledge that the LIRR is in the center of our Clean Green Zone, and as such an integral part of this important initiative.

We believe that there are two important issues that your station can address in connection with the creation of the Clean Green Zone. Firstly, while I note that your station has installed pigeon spikes on certain canopies, I have seen that these pigeon spikes have not been installed completely. Moreover, where they have been installed, they are not effective in keeping out the pigeons. The pigeons continue to leave their droppings on the platform, leading to a messy and unsanitary condition in the heart of our Clean Green Zone. Since the spikes are ineffective, I ask that they be replaced with netting, which netting is specifically designed and manufactured to keep the pigeons from reaching the canopies in the first place. I have seen these nets utilized in other locations, to great success.

The second issue is the litter that lines the tracks directly outside the station. On numerous occasions, I have witnessed train cleaning crews toss plastic trash bags from the trains onto the tracks just in front of the station. These bags then break, and the trash is strewn about on the tracks and blown back into the station and onto the adjoining streets. When I have raised this issue with you in the past, you have advised me that this practice has ceased, but in fact I have witnessed it time and again, and have even documented same with photographs.

Since we all wish to see a Cleaner, more Beautiful Port Washington, and since the LIRR is an important partner in this effort, I ask that the LIRR do its part to help make the Clean, Green Zone a reality.

Thank you for your continued assistance and support.

Daniel D. Donatelli, Esq.


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