Rich Schaffer, Supervisor of the City of Babylon, said: “This historic agreement is proof that cooperation at all levels saves taxpayers a great deal. I salute Governor Cuomo, the MTA and all those involved in this agreement, as it means good jobs on site and the beginning of repairs and improvements to the LIRR that will benefit all Long Island commuters. “It is essential that the people of East Boston benefit from our city`s economic growth, as unprecedented development toward the horizon increases,” said Lydia Edwards, Boston City Councillor. “With this project work contract, a graduate of East Boston High School could go to work for the next two decades, join a union, earn a high salary and bring resources back into the community.” Other projects that have been completed are: the new Suffolk Electric Yard ($76.6 million); Hicksville Station Improvements ($55.2 million) and Hicksville North Siding (US$37.7 million); Replacement Ellison Avenue Bridge in Mineola ($39.2 million); Great Neck Pocket Track Extension ($25.8 million); replacing the Wantagh station platform ($20.7 million); and the Colonial Road Bridge, also in Great Neck ($9.5 million). The total cost of union work for these projects was initially estimated at $60.1 million. “Benefits such as health care and pension contributions will change the lives of those who have not yet had access to such benefits,” said Tom Flynn, Executive Secretary of the North Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters. “We welcome the significant opportunities this agreement will provide to workers and the Greater Boston City as a whole.” U.S. Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. said, “This agreement is an asset to Long Island commuters, the workforce and the economy. I recommend long Island Rail Road and the construction and construction of Nassau and Suffolk County to work together to reach an agreement that allows these vital projects to move forward to ensure that our urban transportation system remains efficient and reliable. “This project work agreement is a real asset for both LIRR drivers and the men and women workers of local unions on Long Island,” said Governor Andrew M.