Regarding the article last week titled
DOT plans LIE welcome center,
I find it disgraceful that between Governor Andrew Cuomo, our local politicians and our community that they are taking a small rest stop east of exit 51 and turning it into a rest area for 135 cars only ! The current parking area is often overflowing with tractor trailers. That sentence alone should tell you theres a need for rest spot for the trucks drivers that bring goods onto Long Island. But no, let’s turn it into a welcome center to create safe travel for all ( no trucks welcome ! ) and also support the economic growth of L.I. . Last I checked if a driver in a car needed food and or rest , they could pull off any exit and find what they needed. A truck driver and I mean a tractor trailer who is not doubt from out of state and delivering goods, needs a spot to rest because his driving time is legally up, has no place to go. Trucking companies and their drivers find it very difficult to pick up and deliver on L.I now. I can’t wait to see what happens when you take away the small area they have now to rest. I know this, for my husband is a long haul truck driver and tells me how L.I is the only place that doesn’t have any rest areas for these drivers that work long hours. The officials and our community should be ashamed of themselves. I would rather have a truck stop with hard working drivers resting in my backyard than a welcome center that will have Suffolk County Police patrolling the area for security concerns. What a waste of money.
Candace Steck Warren