Hearing set on New Staten Island Ferry Boats
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Are the new ferries lemons?
That’s the question for city Department of Transportation brass Thursday at a City Hall hearing, spurred by the Advance’s revelations of breakdowns and other mechanical and electrical issues with the new Molinari-class Staten Island Ferry boats.
Most recently, a July propulsion system failure on the Sen. John J. Marchi caused a hard landing at St. George that sent 15 people to the hospital.
The borough City Council delegation requested a Council oversight hearing, “The New Molinari-Class Vessels, Ferries or Lemons?” to examine the facts surrounding the purchase of the three newest ferryboats, the subsequent problems encountered since their delivery, and the general state of ferry service in 2009.
The hearing is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Manhattan.
Though the time of the hearing makes it difficult for many Islanders to attend in person, written testimony can be submitted via e-mail directly to Councilmen James Oddo, Vincent Ignizio and Ken Mitchell at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Interested parties must give their names to be entered into the official record.
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