The Empire Center, a nonprofit that breaks down payroll payments of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also found that overtime spending for the LIRR increased $50 million, almost 30 percent, from 2017 to 2018.
Caputo’s hefty payday came as the LIRR shelled out $224.6 million for overtime in 2018 — up nearly $50 million from the previous year’s $175.4 million, according to data released this week by the Empire Center.
After the Empire Center’s SeeThroughNY noted this week that the LIRR shelled out $224.6 million for overtime in 2018 — up nearly $50 million from the previous year and more than $115 million since 2013 — it sounded alarms at the highest levels of the MTA’s management.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) employees were paid an average of $100,302 last year, according to data released today on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s top earner last year raked in a budget-busting $344,147 in overtime — on top of his $117,499 salary, according to data released Tuesday by the Empire Center fiscal-watchdog group.
Gelinas gave the terse assessment of the MTA’s payroll and the study by the Empire Center that shows some transit workers living higher off the hog than the Transit Authority own president, Andy Byford.
Byford’s pay – to run the entire bus and subway operation – is $325,600.
According to a report from the Empire Center, MTA costs increased by 16 percent last year, bringing payroll totals to some $418 million.
That is $82 million more than the transit system expects to earn via the current year's round of fare, ticket and toll hikes, the report says.
The Empire Center for Public Policy this week filed Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) appeals with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) after six of its seven subsidiaries failed to release public payroll records.