Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council

The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC) was created by the New York State Legislature in 1981 to advocate on behalf of Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) riders. Our 12 volunteer members are appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives, as well as the Brooklyn and Queens Borough Presidents. 

LIRRCC Mission Statement

The LIRRCC is the official voice of Long Island Rail Road commuters. The Council advocates for such priorities as improved LIRR service, communication, and overall commuter experience by providing constructive feedback to LIRR management and the MTA Board in the formulation and implementation of Rail Road-specific and agency-wide policies.


  • To hold Long Island Rail Road management and the MTA Board accountable to commuters and all users of its services to improve the overall customer experience;
  • To investigate, monitor, and make recommendations to LIRR management regarding service delivery, customer safety, communications, finance, and capital projects, including accessibility;
  • To assure the timely capital investment in and maintenance and upgrade of LIRR facilities, including stations, rolling stock, and infrastructure;
  • To advocate for more equitable fares to increase affordable access to LIRR services; 
  • To promote the use of commuter rail service in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings (Brooklyn) counties. 

The 12 members of the LIRRCC are recommended as follows, with appointment by the Governor: 

No. of Members Recommended By 
Nassau County Executive 
Suffolk County Executive 
Brooklyn Borough President 
Queens Borough President 

Latest Commentary

November 29, 2022

MTA Joint LIRR/MNR Committee Meeting “East Side Access Will Mean More Unity for Railroad Riders”

Good morning! I’m Kara Gurl, Research and Communications Associate at the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC). With…

November 28, 2022

LIRR Riders Are One Stop Closer to Grand Central with Waiver from FRA

“We’re relieved and thankful that the Federal Railroad Administration has granted the Long Island Rail Road with a temporary waiver…

September 6, 2022

A Better Penn Station Will Help Bring Riders Back

Gerard Bringmann, chair of the LIRR Commuter Council and MTA Board Member, said: “We’re seeing a better version of Penn…

LIRRCC Members

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Gerard P. Bringmann

PCAC Chair, LIRRCC Chair & MTA Board Member

Appointed: January 2001

Recommended by: Suffolk County Executive

Larry Rubinstein

Vice Chair

Appointed: November 2009

Recommended by: Nassau County

Appointed: January 2022

Recommended by: Suffolk County Executive

Appointed: December 2011

Recommended by: Nassau County

Appointed: May 2021

Recommended by: Suffolk County Executive