To become an appointed member of the LIRRCC, send a letter or an email stating your interest together with your resume to the local elected official for the area in which you reside.

Thank you for your interest in the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council (LIRRCC)! The LIRRCC was created by the New York State Legislature in 1981 to be the official voice of Long Island Rail Road riders. On this page you’ll more information about our Council and meetings, and how to become a member. You can also view or download a sample letter to send to the appropriate elected official requesting they consider your candidacy.

The LIRRCC is one of three legislatively-mandated rider advocacy councils of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC), along with the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council, and the New York City Transit Riders Council.

LIRRCC’s twelve volunteer members are appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives and the Brooklyn and Queens Borough Presidents. Currently, there are seven (7) vacancies on the LIRRCC; one each for Kings County and Queens County; two for Suffolk County; and three for Nassau County.

The PCAC and Councils, with support from a professional staff, hold regular public meetings, undertake research projects, and advocate on behalf of Long Island Rail Road riders to LIRR and MTA leadership, and to elected officials. A representative from each Council sits on relevant MTA agency operating committees and holds a non-voting seat on the MTA Board.

The LIRRCC meets monthly except those months that the full PCAC meets (March, June, September and December). Council members are expected to attend both LIRRCC and PCAC meetings. LIRRCC public meetings are held on Thursdays unless otherwise noted, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. PCAC public meetings are held on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, from 12 noon to 2 PM. Following current protocols, meetings may be attended virtually or in-person.

To apply to become a member of the LIRRCC, you should contact your County Executive or Borough President to express your interest. Prospective members generally send a letter of interest to that official, along with a resume or statement of experience that outlines their qualifications for the position. A sample letter is available on this page. We ask prospective members to send a copy of this correspondence to the PCAC-LIRRCC office at [email protected] and to 2 Broadway, 16th Floor; New York, NY 10004, so that we may follow up on your application. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, please call our office at 212-878-7087 or send an email message to [email protected]. Thank you for your interest!