At least half of LIRR workers earn six-figure salaries: watchdog New York Post

Last year, 4,729 of the LIRR’s 7,945 employees took home pay packets of more than $100,000 — as overtime pay at the commuter rail service skyrocketed, according to the Empire Center.

Its highest earner, now-retired chief measurement operator Thomas Caputo, made $461,646 in 2018 — including a whopping $344,147 in overtime pay.

Overtime for LIRR employees up more than 50 percent since 2015 Newsday

Heightened concerns about the railroad’s overtime spending followed an MTA payroll report issued last week by the nonprofit Empire Center for Public Policy that revealed the authority’s top earner in 2018 — LIRR chief measurement officer Thomas Caputo — took home $344,147 in overtime, on top of his $117,499 salary.

Report of LIRR $224.6M in overtime spending prompts potential MTA probe Crains New York Business

The New York Post reported Thursday that MTA Chairman Patrick Foye has ordered a "crackdown" at the authority to address overtime abuses. Data released earlier this week by the Empire Center, a fiscal watchdog, found that the MTA's employee overtime payments climbed nearly 16% last year. The data showed one Long Island Rail Road employee, the recently retired chief measurement operator Thomas Caputo, made $344,147 in overtime plus his annual salary, bringing his total compensation to $461,646. The overtime spending came during a year in which the LIRR had its worse on-time performance percentage in nearly two decades at 90.4%.

EDITORIAL: The MTA is hemorrhaging overtime New York Post

New figures from the Empire Center show overtime at the MTA spiked more than $100 million in 2018, to $1.3 billion. The Long Island Rail Road proved the biggest gravy train, ladling out $224 million in OT, up nearly $50 million from the prior year’s $175 million.

MTA subway fixes lead to soaring OT costs, agency moves to cut fat NY Daily News

The agency’s payroll grew by a whopping $418 million in 2018, according to a report published Tuesday by the watchdog group Empire Center for Public Policy. Their findings are compiled into a searchable database, which shows exactly how much each of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 80,000 employees raked in last year.