Montesano Wants MTA Finances Back On Track

Assemblyman Michael Montesano, left, is joined by assemblymen Dean Murray (at podium) and Andrew Raia, as well as Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore.

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) and several elected officials gathered at the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station on March 12 to publicly sign a letter calling on State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to conduct a complete forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Montesano also strongly urged the repeal of the unfair MTA payroll tax and called on DiNapoli to make recommendations for legislative and administrative action to reduce operating costs and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse at the troubled public authority.

“The MTA has been linked to fraud, wasteful spending, job-killing payroll taxes, and increasing fare tolls,” said Montesano. “It is time that we put a stop to all of this. I am, therefore, calling on the state comptroller to conduct a thorough audit and investigation into the actions of this public authority. Long Island residents and business owners have been suffering for too long. Immediate action must be taken.”

The MTA recently concluded a series of nine public hearings to solicit input on cuts needed to help address the transit agency’s nearly $750 million budget gap. More than 2,500 people attended the hearings, and MTA Board members and officials heard from more than 500 speakers.