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%.
Total overtime pay for Long Island Rail Road employees increased 30% last year, totaling $224.6 million. Throughout the MTA, increases in overtime pay helped push payroll costs up to $418 million—about $82 million more than the authority expects to raise annually through its recent round of fare, ticket and toll increases, the Empire Center noted.
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