Daily News from New York, New York on June 7, 1973 · 5
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Daily News from New York, New York · 5

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Thursday, June 7, 1973
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- - DAILY NEWS,-THURSDAY, JUNE T; 1973 Rep. Charles W. Sandman Jr. Caoirfen flee found! Cental By FRANK MAZZA The Penn Central railroad announced yesterday that it would cancel 34 runs on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven commuter divisions, eliminate service at seven stations, and close Grand Central Terminal between 1 :30 a.m. and 5 :30 a.m. The changes will idivc: cucLi a wij' fi. TVio Vi'irl-runt Ppnn Central sa.it! the changes would permit "financial economies in . . . deficit operations," adding that the railroad would introduce "better performance efficiencies." Of the seven stations where service will be eliminated, three are in the Bronx, and four are north of the city, on the Hudson line. The stations are at 138th St., Morrisania, 183d St., Oscawana, Manitou, Chelsea and New Hamburg. The Penn Central said that, according to recent passenger counts, only 54 riders use these stations. Vagrants or Finances? Nine trains that depart from or arrive at Grand Central Terminal between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. are being dropped. Two weeks ago, The News reported the Penn Central's desire to close The Changes Early-morning trains being dropped by the Penn Central railroad: New Haven Line 2:10 a.m. to Stanford, 4:40 a.m. to New Haven. Harlem Line 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. to North White Plains; 12:56 a.m. and 3:26 a.m. from North White Plains. Hudson Line 5:20 a.m. to Croton-Harmon, 11:30 p.m. from Poughkeepsie, 4:30 -a.m. from Croton-Harmon. The railroad is also dropping the following stations: In the Bronx 138th St., Morrisania, and 183d St. stations. Upper Hudson 1 i n e Oscawana, Manitou, Chelsea and New Hamburg stations. UPI Telephoto discusses victory in Trenton. C Will Ax Mftuns; the terminal during the early-morning hours to rid the station of the vagrants and undesirables tliat the Penn Central said congregate there at night. But last week, . during a seven-day investigation The News found the terminal virtually vacant at night, and reported that finances, not undesirables, had led to plans to close Grand Central. In yesterday's announcement, no, mention of vagrants was made. The Penn Central simply said: . "Because no trains will be operating, the terminal will be closed between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m." Of nine early-morning trains to be eliminated, two are on the New' Haven line, four on the Harlem line and three on the Hudson line. Tn addition to the nine wee- hour trains, 25 others 12 on the Hudson line and Id on tne tiar-lem line are being dropped. Rob A Miner 850 Battle By ROBERT CRANE Between 850 and 900 fares are -collected weekly on the "Doomed Nine" those night owl trains which the Penn Central said yesterday it can do without and the fare payers are bitter, confused and uncertain about how they'll get to homes or JOApnrised jast efc that the railroad might cancel the trains in its rush toward court-ordered reorganization, commuters told The News that their lives and livelihoods would be radically affected by the elimination. , T T, "I don't get off work until at least 1:45 a.m." said Juan Bojta, 45, whose job as a night club captain at the Waldorf-Astoria would prevent him from catching the last train out to Mount Vernon. . - "I'd have to stay here drinking coffee until 6 a.m. As it is, Bota says, "I get home with time to see my three children. But on the new schedule I doubt it." Rep. Charles W. Sandman Jr., still beaming over in his race against Republican Gov. William T. Cahill, said opposition to a state income T. Byrne, the Democratic nominee tor governor. Sandman said that, he would ! do everything in his power to stop the imposition of an income tax, but stopped short of a flat pledge against it, saying that he would accept the tax "as a last resort." Byrne has not committed himself to an income tax, but he has conceded that a state Supreme" Court ruling mandating full state support of public schools may make an income tax necessary. Both Brief Reporters Sandman made his comments at a press .conference in Trenton, and Byrne also met reporters yesterd- j, c allenging Sandman to a series of debates. Latest figures, with 99 of the state's 5,383 precincts reporting, showed that Sandman received 205,436 votes to Cahill's 146,941, - while Byrne's 192,679 votes easily topped Ann Klein's 115,279, State Sen. Ralph De-Rose's 95,803, Francis Forst's 16,021 and Vito Albanese's 5,832. The staffs of both men were at work rparing for the party conventions that open June 14 and will end with the adoption of campaign platforms . On June 12 the respective state committees will meet to elect new state chairmen. The elections are ert K. Pattison, general manager of the Penn Central's metropolitan region, said the decision to discontinue these 25 runs had been made because they ''arc: no longer providing a real service to the public." A Loss of 6 - The Penn Central railroad runs 554 trains a day. Thus, the loss of 34 trains will be a reduction in its operation of slightly more than 6. Before making its announcement yesterday, the Penn Central conferred with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Connecticut Department of Transportation. -i Commuter ptouds and several railroad unions undoubtedly will oppose the changes, it is . not known what effectiveness such rTnn5itirn will have. No Dublic -1 i - hearing is required to implement the changes, a spokesman lor the railroad said. By john Mclaughlin tax to dominate the campaign usually pro lorma exercises De- cause the gubernatorial candi dates traditionally pick the chairmen. Sandman said yesterday that he wants a replacement for the Republican chairman, John E. Di-mon, and speculation immediately centered on State Sen. Frank X. McDermott of Union County, who managed the Sandman campaign. No Names From Byrne Byrne said that he hasn't made up his mind yet on a replacement for Salvatore A. Bontempo his party's chairman. Sandman is a conservative, and he will undoubtedly experience difficult in marshalling support from the liberal wing of the GOP. For example, Harry Sayen, the Mercer County Republican chairman, served notice yesterday that he won't run for another term. "I cannot support negativism. The Republican Party does and should have diversity of positive opinions ranging from conservatism to progressivism but there is no room for negativism," Sayen said. Assess His Victory Sandman attributed his victory equally to his anti-income tax stand and the scandals that have rocked the Cahill administration. Hard Act 4 - - m 3k foe-' LffSrsza HI m UP I Telephoto Andrew Pigozzi, 8, presents his show-and-tell project to Evanston, 111., classmates. Andrew easily captured day's top grade, thanks to Miss USA. She's Amanda Jones and lives across the street from the Piprozzis. OvjI Train Bill Alderisio, 43, a film director from Valhalla, says eliminations will force him to change his working hoars. "I'll probably have to stop working nights," he said. But George Keck, 54, a CBS-TV technical director from White Plains, says he can't stop working nights, trains or no trains. "Some nights we simply have to go late," explained Keck. "With eliminations, I might have to stay in town." Cutbacks present computer supervisor Bruce Strauss, 20, with financial problems. "I would either lose oveitime or have to foot the cost of driving in from Monsey and parking my car," he said. Even party-goers and other night socializers face lifestyle changes because of the eliminations. "These late trains are life-savers for grandfatherly types like me who like to stay around town a bit after work," said a barely graying Tom Bonaventure, from an undisclosed Westchester town. "Without 'em, I'll be in deep trouble at home." . .. . . his primary victory Tuesday yesterday that he expects his between himselt and rJrendan N.J. Daily Lottery Wednesday: 99052 The prizes: S2.500 If vour ticket matches the winning number. $225 tf the five dioits are right, but In reverse order. Also i225 If either the last four or the first four match. S25 if the first, middle or last three match. Also SIS if all five digits are correct, but appear in scrambled order. $2.50 if any two consecutive digits match the winner, drawing. But Byrne said that the Sandman win should not be construed as popular support for his conservative stance. ''This was reaction of voters who rejected the Cahill administration and had one place to go. I don't know that they endorse the philosophies and policies of Sandman," Byrne said. Byrne also said that he believes work should go forward on the construction of the football stadium and racetrack being built in the Hackensack Meadows by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition "Authority. Sandman is opopsed to the complex, and has raised questions about its financing. Cahill spent the day working in his office. He is scheduled to hold a press conference his first in six weeks this morning. fo Follow Abolition

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