NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Commuters let out a big sigh of relief Thursday, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement that has averted a crippling Long Island Rail Road strike.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported, riders at Penn Station came up to CBS 2 crews for several hours Thursday afternoon, asking if it was really true that a deal had been hammered out. They wiped their brows as their anxiety melted away upon finding out that a deal indeed had been reached.
“Thank God cooler heads prevailed,” said Joe Corrigan, of Centerport.
“I’m so happy, because to get in from Cedarhurst was going to be a nightmare,” said Marc Tenzer.
“I was planning to drive, maybe park in Williamsburg, and maybe bike over the bridge,” said Chris Hesse, of Bellmore. “You know, they’re not going on strike. It seems like a fair offer.”
Inez, a scientist working on a cure for HIV, told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten she had planned to work from home, but the lab work would have been put on hold.
“I would have stayed at home and telecommuted, besides doing experiments there’s a lot of work to do,” she said.