David Meyer

Gov. Cuomo’s push to hire 500 more MTA police officers will likely balloon the agency’s already outrageous $1.4 billion overtime bill, critics charged. MTA cops earn more OT on average than any other agency employees, according to records obtained by the Empire Center.

Soaring overtime costs are partly to blame: The MTA PD’s total OT bill topped $27 million in 2018, a 21 percent spike from 2017.

The city’s subways have historically been the NYPD’s jurisdiction, making Cuomo’s decision to deploy the new cops on subways and buses “really odd,” the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon said.

The Citizens Budget Commission estimates that the 500 cops will cost more than $1 billion over 10 years, while the MTA faces budget huge deficits.

“MTA management and ultimately the governor don’t trust the de Blasio administration to allow the NYPD to handle it,” said McMahon.

MTA representative Tim Minton defended the hirings. “These additional officers will help ensure public safety for all riders and transit employees,” Minton said.

© 2019 New York Post

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