A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., which includes town police forces on the East End in an existing 20-year-old Long Island Rail Road no-fare program for police officers, recently won the approval of the State Assembly with a vote of 133-5.
In a response to the 1993 LIRR massacre, the State Legislature created a program that provides free transportation on the LIRR for police officers employed by the City of New York, Nassau County and its villages and cities, Suffolk County and its villages, State Police, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, the New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Transit Authority.
After an audit conducted by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, it was revealed that police officers employed by the towns within Suffolk County were not included in original statute. This new legislation corrects this oversight and grants the Metropolitan Transit Authority the legal authority to extend this program to the previously excluded officers.
“In the drafting of this worthy program, the East End town police forces were inadvertently left out, no doubt because there are no town police in western Suffolk or Nassau County. This legislation corrects this oversight,” Mr. Thiele said in a press release. “In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the threat that it represents, the presence of police officers in our train stations and on the trains is a welcome sight. This program is needed now more than ever.”