Press Conference on Transit Strike

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Huge crowds of people wait in long lines to use the Long Island Railroad as an alternate form of transport during a transit workers strike, Penn Station, New York City, New York, January 3, 1966..

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Review of day; schools open; fare increase. Timothy Costello speaks of the efforts of city government to settle strike.

Mayor Lindsay's just returned from a helicopter tour of the city. Just because it worked smoothly today doesn't mean we can drive tomorrow. Today worked because of full cooperation of New Yorkers. Tomorrow could be more serious because schools will be open tomorrow. School buses will add to congestion. No further information on the strike. Trial in the afternoon on the contempt of court action. Appeal to employers not to penalize employees who don't show up for work. Hospital volunteers are asked to show up for work. Superintendent of schools, Dr. Donovan makes a statement: schools will be open tomorrow, buses will run. Lindsay corrects his previous statement about hospital volunteers: the request was to be for employees of hospitals.

Q&A: Consequences of the strike on strikers, fare increase. Dr. Costello, Deputy Mayor, says they don't know exactly the economic impact of the strike. Yesterday the strike cost an estimated $500,000.

WNYC reporter sums up the Mayor's statements. Concludes with room chatter.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70665
Municipal archives id: T1714