Tag: Transportation

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. Read More

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. Read More

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%. Read More

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.  Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s effort to campaign for re-election as a master builder of new infrastructure has been undermined by headlines about New York City’s crumbling subway system. Meanwhile, much less public and political attention is being paid to his management of another major transportation asset: the New York state highway system. Read More

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