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Legislator Looking for Feedback on Rails to Trails

Legis. Sarah Anker asking for feedback on potential project on her website.

The Rails to Trails project from Mt. Sinai to Wading River is still in its very early stages, and after an initial introduction meeting, Legis. Sarah Anker is looking for community feedback in order to aid in the decision.

On her website, Legis. Anker has created a page dedicated to the project with a form for community members to fill out with information and comments. Those interested can click here for the site and also call her district office at 631-854-1600.

, Legis. Anker called the project an expensive one. Estimates have the cost at anywhere from $8-10 million with 80 percent of the funding coming from the federal government and the rest by local government.

"At this point, we can't afford it," she said. "Am I decided either way? No. However, the price tag on this huge project is concerning."

If moved forward, a 10-mile trail would be created over the long-abandoned LIRR Wading River extension line from Mt. Sinai to Wading River. Proponents claim it would create a safe trail for bikers and pedestrians to travel  as opposed to Route 25A, and that it would even make the location safer. Others raise security, privacy and cost concerns.

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Justin Time July 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Some "ideas" are best kept secret.
Tom July 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Get it done and make it safer for people by getting them of the side of roads.
K. July 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
How about a Trails to Rails program to expand the use of Mass-Transit?
Karen McNulty July 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
it would be safer for people riding their bikes, but it should be patrolled to make it safe for the home owners who houses back up to these trails. Karen M
Ken Dogherty July 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Spending? We should be more concerned with fixing our fiscal situation rather funding projects that don't benefit the majority of tax payers. A worthy project once we are working with a surplus.
Jen Conti July 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Don't want it in my backyard. Many of my neighbors feel the same way.
Justin Time July 30, 2012 at 08:42 PM
There must be some other worthless project that we can waste the Federal Government's money on.Come on lets all think harder, or better yet..let's think!
Rich July 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Don't spend money that we don't have. So where did the money come from to hold the concerts that we have this summer all around the county. Who is paying for that?
Diane Erdem August 01, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Don't do it! I don't want it in my backyard! Tax payers shouldn't be expected to help fund this unwanted project. It WILL become an eyesore because we already know LIPA will no longer maintain the grounds and SUFFOLK has already stated there is NO money for grounds maintenance. No money for bathrooms....10 miles....., no security of any kind. Use that money to stop criminal activity not create a spot for it.
Alicia Palifka August 01, 2012 at 05:32 PM
NO !
Adam Olszewski August 02, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Huge waste of money. Especially in such financially rocky times. I say no way!0
Kristina Mirell August 02, 2012 at 08:42 AM
I agree it's a waste of money if we don't have it, but I suppose this trail could ONLY be used for exercise/recreationn and not for actual travel. You can only get on and off he trail at certain roads totally by-passing half the town. So anyone who wants to walk or ride anywhere is still going to use 25a. I'm SURE there's not going to be entrances in between residents' houses, correct?
Danielle Costags August 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I heard LIPA was not even contacted about the use of their land. Supposedly they would have bike police patrol to keep an eye on the public( and pay them how much??) I don't want to see it go through my neighborhood.
Glen August 06, 2012 at 10:18 AM
As much as we love to ride our bikes in the area, this is no time to spend more money than we have. There are plenty of safe riding trails on Long Island for everyone to enjoy without spending another dime. It might be a good idea to promote what we already have.
Jill Longisland October 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Bike Police?? You are kidding, right? Who is going to patrol in the middle of the night, when the trouble makers will be out casing neighboring properties?

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