Blumenthal, Himes Saddened By Death Of Metro-North Worker

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Charles  Schumer (D-N.Y.) as well as U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) expressed condolences to the family of a Metro-North Railroad worker from Yonkers who was killed early Monday by a train.

Schumer and Blumenthal also expressed concerns about the latest in a long line of incidents regarding Metro-North.

“This morning’s horrific incident is the latest in a string of collisions, derailments, deaths, and service outages, that have raised serious questions – both in the long and short term – about the culture of safety at Metro-North," the senators said in a joint statement. "The federal transportation agencies, which are responsible for setting the gold standard in safety, need to be leading the charge to get these questions answered, because it is clear that the safety solutions Metro-North has voluntarily implemented are insufficient."

James Romansoff, 58, of Yonkers, was killed about 12:54 a.m. Monday, when a northbound Harlem Line train struck him on an elevated stretch of track at East 106th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, according to New York Daily News.

"We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Romansoff’s family, friends, and coworkers today," the senators added in the statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into the accident, with a team of three investigators en route to New York City, it announced via Twitter.

The Hudson Line train had departed Grand Central Terminal at 12:47 a.m. en route to Poughkeepsie, the paper reported.

“I send my condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of the Metro North worker killed early this morning as he repaired a track in East Harlem," said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn. "The safety problems at Metro North are a matter of life and death, for both passengers and employees, and the culture that allows these frequent mistakes cannot continue.

"I spent my morning meeting with commuters at the train station. They are frustrated and worried. I am eager to see Metro North’s new leadership bring the change necessary to make this essential transportation system safe and reliable.”

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Jim good news we can't Blame Morris Perone or Fluff for this one,bad news is we can blame you.

Amtrak train No. 173 stalled twice Tuesday on tracks between Norwalk and Greenwich, the second time stranding passengers for hours. As of 6:30 p.m. the train was stalled in Cos Cob according to several passengers onboard.

“They’re moving people from one train to the next in the middle of the track. I’m on an unventilated, immobile train that has been here for three hours,” said passenger Clariselle Ocasio of Bridgeport, just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

We all thankyou for your interest Jim but I spend my time on the train where have you been?

Seems the system needs work,seems our State reps your democratic friends share responsibility in the upkeep of the system you visit I ride.Its election year we know this so maybe you can comment on what your doing about this chaos the rest of us call commuting.

Peter Pan from RI has been hired to transport South Norwalk passengers to and from Danbury the work Ct did on the Danbury branch has failed.

The security the thefts the assaults the whole Metro system has its share of problems daily sometimes hourly.

Your concern to us lacks that genuine touch of honestly and problem solving,you agree with us yet nothing is showing us we have anyone in DC.Then again without Blumenthal we have no one.

Saw you get off the plane with the boss Richard was what busy in DC doing the job we sent him there to do.

Now we have those you should be in touch with back home voting not to fund a broken system.

State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, who voted in favor of the budgets and adjustments that shifted transportation revenue for General Fund costs for all four votes, said the 2014-15

Maybe sending more than a morning would be a ggo start in helping us all out,keep talking to Richard I'm sure he can fill you in on what you have missed so far since you were elected.