Commuter anxiety grows as does likelihood of strike at nation's largest commuter railroad

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Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the nation's largest commuter railroad.

Long Island Rail Road unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

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No talks are scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the agency that operates the railroad.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute. The governor notes that talks often go to the brink before a resolution.

State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says a strike could cost up to $50 million in lost economic activity each day.

The head of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council says that riders are being forgotten by both sides.