- October 22, 2015
New York, NY – Several victims of the February 3, 2015, Valhalla train crash met with U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney on Monday in New York to express their concerns about the investigation of the crash and to hear from the Congressman what legislative steps have been taken to prevent such future tragedies.
Thomas Davis, an attorney with Wappingers Falls Law Firm Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, asked Representative Maloney to attend the meeting. The firm represents one of the victims.
“I think it was critically important for these victims to know what steps are being taken on the federal level to avoid this ever happening again,” Davis said. “When I invited the Representative to speak to the group, he jumped at the chance.”
Rep. Maloney is on the House Transportation Committee which has jurisdiction over many issues involving commuter rail lines. He is a co-sponsor of recent legislation to provide funding for positive train control—systems that allow for remote monitoring of train speed and for a train to be remotely stopped in an emergency. He is also co-sponsor of a bill to provide funding to eliminate train/car crossings at grade. The Valhalla crash involved such a crossing.
The victims also spoke with the Congressman about the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the accident. “The victims had a frank and direct discussion with Representative Maloney about their experiences,” Davis said. ‘The group of passengers from the first car of the Valhalla train are very committed to finding out not only why this accident happened, but what can be done to prevent this from ever happening to others in the future. I expect them all to be advocates for change for a long time to come.”
For Further information contact Thomas Davis – 845-298-2000, firstname.lastname@example.org