Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:37 AM
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 7:37 AM
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) The chief union negotiator says they are "very, very close" to averting a weekend strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad.
Anthony Simon spoke Thursday before heading into another round of talks with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the Long Island Rail Road.
Cuomo released a statement saying he began participating directly because the talks had not been progressing.
He said the discussions Wednesday went late into the night.
Cuomo says everything must be done to prevent the railroad's 300,000 daily riders "from being held hostage" by a strike, set for 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
The railroad's 5,400 unionized workers have been without a contract since 2010.