Twenty or so Rye residents waited with Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers for the Westchester #76 bus on Milton Point on friday.
It never came.
County Executive Rob Astorino cancelled the Route 76 bus line on December 26, 2011 and service officially stopped on December 31, 2011. Regular passengers of the 76 bus—and members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL)—learned that the service was being discontinued on Wednesday, December 26, during a week when many were taking a winter vacation between Christmas and New Year’s. There were no public hearings held on the subject.
Myers is calling for the immediate restoration of the Route 76 bus line service between Port Chester and Milton Point in Rye.The elimination of the 76 bus service, done commando style by Westchester boss Astorino with no notice or hearing is being called "illegal".
“Because thousands of riders, both residents and hard-working individuals employed in the area, depend on the Route 76 bus line, we are calling on the County Executive to follow the law and ensure this important service is restored,” said Myers. “Removing the bus route without a public hearing and the required consent of the BOL is irresponsible and violates Section 188 of the County Charter.”
On December 22, just days before Astorino summarily axed the bus line service, the BOL had voted to override the County Executive’s veto of the funds required to maintain the bus service.
“On Tuesday morning, when people returned to work around here after the holiday weekend some stood waiting for a bus that never came,” said Arthur Stampleman, a Milton Harbor House resident. “How mean-spirited! Cutting this bus service is especially hard on senior citizens who can't drive, caregivers who depend on the bus to get to where their clients and loved ones reside, and other workers who depend on the bus to get to their jobs.”