Laurelton residents poll the public once again seeking improvements to local rail station

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The Federated Blocks of Laurelton distributed a survey on Wednesday morning asking commuters if there should be an elevator or escalator at the Laurelton LIRR station.

Ten volunteers from the Federated Blocks handed out about 400 surveys and received 248 responses from participants.

This was the second time the group distributed surveys. Back in May, they handed out about the same number of surveys and got 320 responses.

Robert Glover, president of the Federated Blocks of Laurelton, said that there are many handicapped people in the neighborhood that have to go to Rosedale or Valley Stream to get on the train.

“Almost every station has an elevator but this station,” he said.

Glover pointed out that there are 41 steps at the Laurelton station, making it difficult for the elderly, parents with strollers and people with luggage to get to the platform.

The Federated Blocks of Laurelton plans to pitch the idea of an elevator to state Senator Leroy Comrie and Governor Andrew Cuomo once the survey results are tallied, Glover said.

“We have already had two meetings with a representative from our senator,” he said. This led to the survey being linked on Comrie’s website.

The Federated Blocks has also sent a letter to the governor, Glover said.

The survey asks customers how often they ride the LIRR and if they think an elevator or escalator is needed. It also has a section where they can mark if they are disabled, elderly, carry bags or strollers, or are a daily commuter.

Glover said that survey results should be available by the end of September.

The MTA has declined to comment until they receive survey results.

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