MTA LIRR overboard with overtime

August 6, 2010 3:33:52 PM PDT
The New York State Comproller finds that the MTA LIRR is going overboard with overtime.

"I don't think the right hand knows what the left hand is doing," said one man.

The audit left riders and taxpayers speechless.

"If it's unjustified, I think most people would be upset about it," said another man.

The New York State Comptroller spent months investigating the MTA and found that the agency spends enormous amounts of money on overtime.

Most of the overtime is believed to be undocumented or unjustified.

One LIRR Track foreman was paid $231,000 on a base salary of $82,000.

That worker is one of just 140 workers who doubled their pay with overtime.

More than 3,200 others received overtime equal to half of their annual salaries.

"Much of it has to do with basic management and oversight. There's not the kind of review, approval process you should have," said NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The comptroller blames union work rules and a shocking lack of management oversight.

What's worse is that bloated paychecks lead to bloated pensions creating higher fares and higher taxes.

But, union officials insist it's not their fault.