New York governor confirms deal reached to avert rail strike

NEW YORK, July 17 Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:34pm EDT

NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed a threatened Long Island Rail Road strike was averted on Thursday with a tentative agreement reached between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing rail workers.

"It is my pleasure to announce today that we have settled a four-year dispute," Cuomo said at press conference, flanked by union and MTA negotiators.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Paul Thomasch)