Cuomo Threatens MTA with Lawsuit

I came upon this report by accident. My tellie on my computer was tuned into NY1 and they were talking about another NYC issue. When I went to their website to find out more, I noticed one of their headlines, “Cuomo Threatens to Sue MTA Over Travel Perks”. That certainly got my attention. I clicked on their article and video and actually caught the broadcast of the report.

It seems that former and current board members of the MTA and their family members are given free Metrocards and E-Z Passes for them to use. Both Cuomo and Gov. Patterson want these MTA board members and their families to give up these travel perks. Supposedly, in order for this to happen, it needs to be voted amongst the board members. The members who do not agree to giving up these travel perks claiming that when they use it, they can see the faults of the MTA system and be able to do something to rectify the problems. That is such total and utter bullshit! I mean, really! Do these freakin’ ass board members really think that they do take mass transit to work or meetings?! And even if they did, do they really care enough to actually do something about the problems? I mean, there are countless problems with the MTA trains and bus systems! I don’t know which trains and/or buses these board members take but if they experienced and of the long delays, over crowding, and congestions we are experiencing, they would not propose increasing the fares and cutting services.

Having the board members give up their travel perks is not going to balance the MTA budgets but it would be a nice start to bring them down from their high and mighty pedestals of entitlement.

You can read more about this issue from the New York Times.

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~ by thedailycommuter on Thursday, June 19, 2008.

4 Responses to “Cuomo Threatens MTA with Lawsuit”

  1. Not only that. Check out this story about how Mayor Bloomberg’s former aide who kept his special E-ZPass and parking privileges long after he’d left his government position and was working in the private sector. Infuriating!

    http://www.commuteroutrage.com/2008/05/07/bloomberg-crony-gets-free-e-zpass-special-parking-privileges/

  2. We have problems with metro passes here too.

    Federal employees get free metro subsidies. It seems some were overreporting their need to get more metro checks, selling the extra ticket at a discount, and pocketing the cash. Check it out.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/23/AR2007042301563.html?hpid=topnews

    Your tax dollars hard at work.

  3. Lewis,
    that is a pisser of a news even if it from last year. travel perk for board members should definitely be eliminated. and as for government workers, they should get reimbursed for work related travel. it’s not enough that they get paid to work, now the tax payers have to pay them to get to work?!! not to mention that government workers get way better employee benefits then people working in the private sectors. Like they have better health plans, and retirement plans and /or pensions.

  4. Yeah, it’s pretty annoying. You would be amazed at the waste in this city. It makes you never want to pay a dime in taxes ever again.

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