Man Stabbed 19 Times In Sayville

A 53 year old man was stabbed 19 times at the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Sayville station. Bill Mason of Newsday has the story:

A Sayville man was arrested and charged yesterday with the attempted murder of a 53-year-old man, stabbed 19 times Monday at the Sayville railroad station platform, police said.

The injured man remained hospitalized in critical condition, police said yesterday.

David W. Gorman, 22, of Willet Avenue, Sayville, was arrested near the Sayville station by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police. He was to be arraigned today in First District Court in Central Islip.

MTA Det. Sgt. Peter Cummo said that after his arrest, Gorman led MTA detectives to a storm drain about a block away from the station, where he had disposed of the weapon used in the attack – a hunting-style knife with a blade of about four inches.

The knife attack, at about 3:45 a.m. Monday, was actually an outgrowth of a fistfight a few days earlier involving Gorman, the victim and the victim’s adult son, Cummo said.

“The victim actually called the suspect to apologize and asked the suspect to meet him at the train station to talk over their differences,” Cummo said. “It was not provoked. … From what we got, they met to talk. They were drinking, smoking. … Then somehow he [Gorman] became nervous, took out the knife and started to stab him.”

The 19 knife wounds were to the chest and back, and defensive wounds to the arms, Cummo said.

Gorman fled after the attack, and the victim, whose name was not released by police, made his way to a public telephone near the platform and called 911. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for surgery.

This story seems strange to me. Why meet up at the train station? What could have possibly been said or done that would lead an encounter to go from peaceful to an all out stabbing rampage? Hopefully these questions will get answered as I am quite curious.

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Design Changes For The World Trade Center Transit Hub

The biggest transit related story of the day is the design changes that will come to the World Trade Center Transit Hub. Here are some reports about it starting with this one from the New York Times’ David W. Dunlap:

It was to have been an audacious gesture in an already daring design. As envisioned by the architect Santiago Calatrava, the enormous counterpoised wings forming the rooftop of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub were to have opened almost 50 feet wide to the sky, in fine weather and on each anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

“On a beautiful summer day,” Mr. Calatrava said, “the building can work not as a greenhouse but as an open space.”

And on each Sept. 11, he said, the rooftop could open again, “giving us the sense of unprotection.”

The idea of an entire building in movement was startling, but it would not have been the first kinetic work by Mr. Calatrava, who is a sculptor and an engineer. The winglike sunscreen at the Milwaukee Museum of Art opens and closes twice daily, and has become a civic attraction in its own right.

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2 & F Train Service Alerts

The MTA has posted service alerts for the 2 Train & F Train. The service alerts state:

Due to a customer requiring medical assistance at the Nevins Street Station, selected Brooklyn College-bound 2 Train trains are running on the 5 Train line from the 149th Street-Grand Concourse Station to the Nevins Street Station.

Please expect delays in service on the 2 Train and 3 Train trains.

In addition, due to signal problems at the Smith-9th Streets Station, please expect delays in service on the F Train trains at this time.

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LIRR Increases Service For Independence Day

LIRR train idle at the Ronkonkoma station.
LIRR train idle at the Ronkonkoma station. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has issued a press release about the planned service increases for the Independence Day holiday. Here are the details courtesy of the MTA:

The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide additional early afternoon service from Penn Station for customers planning to leave work early on Thursday, July 3 for the start of the Independence Day holiday. The four additional Hamptons/Montauk summer service trains that normally run on Fridays will operate on Thursday, July 3rd.

The LIRR will be operating on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 4th.

Eight extra trains will depart Penn Station between 1:47 PM and 3:48 PM on July 3. The extra service will include: three trains on the Port Jefferson Branch; three on the Babylon Branch; one on the Port Washington Branch to Great Neck; one on the Far Rockaway Branch as detailed below:

Extra Train Service from Penn Station, Thursday, July 3

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LIRR Accident Update

Yesterday evening I had the unfortunate task of writing about 2 separate accidents of a LIRR train running over & killing a male. Steve Ritea of Newsday has posted an updated report about the accidents:

Two men were killed in unrelated accidents on Long Island Rail Road tracks Monday morning, MTA Police said, when a 19-year-old fell from a platform at Lynbrook station and the body of a 57-year-old was found between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma.

The victims were identified as Patrick J. Gordon of Rockville Centre and Dennis Pankavich of Central Islip.

“Everybody’s numb,” said Gordon’s uncle, Gerard Gordon of Westbury. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. … He was a real good kid.”

Patrick Gordon and a friend had just gotten off a train from Long Beach, where Gerard Gordon said they had attended a party, when Patrick fell from the platform onto the tracks around 3:30 a.m. as another eastbound train was headed into Lynbrook station, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Sgt. Kim Riley said.

The train was traveling at about 30 mph when the engineer saw Gordon fall onto the tracks. The engineer applied the emergency brakes and blew the horn, but the train was unable to avoid hitting the man, Riley said. Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Riley said police were investigating whether alcohol played any role in Gordon’s fall. His friend was not injured, she said.

In the other accident, Pankavich was lying motionless on the tracks about 2,500 feet east of Central Islip station when he was struck by a westbound train around 11:18 a.m., Riley said.

She said the train was traveling at about 70 mph.

Police are investigating whether Pankavich touched the electrified third rail, which powers trains, before he was struck.

Pankavich’s family could not be reached for comment.

Gerard Gordon said his nephew had just completed his freshman year at Iona College in New Rochelle, where he was a liberal-arts major and played rugby.

A graduate of South Side High in Rockville Centre, Patrick had returned to his summer job at Jordan Lobster Farms in Island Park. “He was a great kid,” owner Steve Jordan said. “In the last year, he had really matured.”

Patrick has two sisters, ages 16 and 11, and a brother who is 14. “They’re very close,” Gerard Gordon said. “And my nephew is like my brother’s best friend.”

A wake will be held for Patrick J. Gordon Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Macken Mortuary, Rockville Centre. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, followed by burial in St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

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