Enough Is Enough with MTA’s Appalling Business Practices

Statement by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (R,I,C,WF – Sag Harbor)
June 25, 2009
The Empire Center for New York State Policy released their findings yesterday in regards to the payroll of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Not only does the release disclose that more than 10 percent of the MTA’s workforce took home over $100,000 a year, it also shows that many employees are making in the range of $79,000-$150,000 over their base salaries. This new revelation about the MTA is appalling since they recently came to the state for a bailout because they could not afford to keep themselves afloat. This bailout, which I adamantly opposed and voted against, was passed, giving the MTA a free pass to act just as recklessly with their finances as they have in the past. It is absurd that while New York’s taxpayers are forced to bear the MTA’s financial burden they are paying out salaries well above the base pay for those positions. The MTA needs to be forced into being responsible with their finances but with the state bailing them out they have no incentive to do so. I call on the Governor and my colleagues in the state legislature to join me in opposition to the MTA’s continuous disrespect for New York’s taxpayers. As the governing officials of New York State, we need to force them to reform their business practices so that they are spending within their means and in a way that the public transportation system is not negatively affected.