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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, NYC AND THE MTA, AN OUTRAGE

June 25, 2010

The NY City Mass Transit Authority is running a $800million budget deficit, to which they have made only $93million in cuts. They are looking to State and Federal tax payers to bail them out on the rest. (Schumers been pushing another big bill at the Fed that would divert millions to the MTA). In the meantime they are continuing their free ride (like free lunch) program for students, AND WE REMIND YOU THAT NOTHING IS FREE, and in addition you must review the pay below (we didn’t bother to include the outrageous pension data, we don’t want to give anyone a heart attack you know).


This is really ridiculous for those of us outside the NYC area who DO NOT USE THE “MTA”. Especially with the free student pass issue, it should be a local concern for the NYC Public school system. The rest of the state is already getting screwed enough on their school taxes!


Silver, Assembly Save Student Metrocards
Budget Legislation Also Includes Creation of Bus Lane Camera Program to Help Ensure More Efficient Mass Transit

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. today announced the passage of budget legislation preserving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) student MetroCards (A.9705-D).

Over 500,000 New York City students are provided with free and reduced prices for public transportation under the MTA Schoolfare Program.

“My Assembly colleagues and I fought hard to preserve student MetroCards, because we believe that students simply shouldn’t have to pay to get to school every day,” said Silver (D-Manhattan).

“Many children depend on city transit to get them to school, and the MTA Schoolfare Program offers them an affordable way to do so,” said Farrell (D-Manhattan).

Legislation passed by the Assembly today would also create a pilot bus lane camera program on Bus Rapid Transit routes (A.9709-C).

Installing cameras in Bus Rapid Transit lanes will make it easier to enforce the rules against drivers who illegally use the lanes and slow down buses. It will reduce congestion along these routes, making bus travel faster and more reliable.

“Bus rapid transit will mean faster commutes, reduced congestion and cleaner air for millions of New Yorkers,” noted Silver.
A CLEAR INDICATION THAT THIS IS ANOTHER LIBERAL RUN MESS, THEY THINK THEY CAN BORROW AND SPEND THEIR WAY OUT OF IT !
June 18, 2010

An agreement is in place between the MTA and state lawmakers to save free student MetroCards for the next school year — a deal that could sink the transit agency further into debt and possibly lead to a larger fare increase in 2011.

The language was inserted into the budget bill that was introduced early this morning. The measure, which is not considered controversial, though should be, will likely be voted on today and is expected to pass.

Under the agreement, the state will contribute $25 million to the program, the city will give $45 million, and the MTA will foot the remaining $144 million, as first reported by The Post.

The agency is expected to make up the money used for the fares by further fattening its $400 million budget shortfall for 2010 and 2011, sources said.

“While we had hoped that the State and City would pay the total cost of this program, we recognize the very difficult financial environment for not only the State and City, but for the hundreds of thousands of families in New York City who frankly could not afford to pay the added cost of transit fares for school transportation,” the MTA said in a statement.


OH, and it just get better……

Union rally has no class

Hooky monster: 1,000 students walk out

By AMBER SUTHERLAND, LORENA MONGELLI and DAVID SEIFMAN

Last Updated: 7:53 AM, June 12, 2010

// More than 1,000 students marched out of city high schools yesterday and flooded City Hall Park in a massive protest against plans to cut free student MetroCards — a demonstration that had the support of both the transit and teachers unions.

The students streamed out of 23 schools — mostly with the blessing of teachers and parents — in the middle of class and headed by subway to lower Manhattan at around noon.

Cheering them on were several City Council members and representatives from the Transport Workers Union Local 100, as well as groups tied to the United Federation of Teachers.

“They should not have the right to tell you that you have to pay to use the subway,” said Kevin Harrington, TWU’s vice president of the conductors division, one of two reps from that union in attendance,

Both unions insisted they did not help organize the rally, but UFT boss Michael Mulgrew had no problem with the crowd playing hooky.

“We don’t endorse kids missing instructional time, but I do applaud these students for standing up and fighting for something they need,” he said.   NO THEY DID ENDORSE IT!

The city noise and demonstration permits for the protest were obtained by Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform — an education policy research and community organizing group — that works closely with a UFT ally, New York City Coalition for Educational Justice.

The unions credited the mobilization to the student-led Urban Youth Collaborative.

MTA board members — facing an $800 million budget shortfall this year — will vote on cutting the transit passes at their July meeting, in hopes of saving more than $40 million in 2010. About 500,000 students would pay half-price in September, and will pay full fare in 2011.

The cost of the program has skyrocketed to $214 million a year.

*If you see any pictures of this protest, be sure to look for the professionally printed protest signs from saveoursubway.org*


HERE’S A SOLUTION, MASSIVE PAY AND PENSION CUTS; DIVERT THE MONEY INTO A FREE PASS FUND, A SECURED ONE THAT NO AGENCY, POLITICIAN, OR UNION BOSS CAN STEAL OR BORROW FROM…

RANK-AND-FILE GET PAID BIG BUCKS AT MTA – NYPOST.COM

June 03, 2010

Nearly 40 percent of MTA employees making more than $150000 a year are
rank-and-file workers, a new analysis of the agency’s payroll shows. ...

Average Pay Rose at MTA in 2009, Data Show

June 02, 2010
Contact: Lise Bang-Jensen  (518) 434-3100

A searchable database of the complete Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) payroll for 2009 – including names, titles, base pay rates and total pay received by 74,708 individuals – shows an increase of 2.4 percent in the average total pay of MTA employees last year. The updated payroll file is now available at http://www.SeeThroughNY.net, the government transparency website sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

(Go directly to www.SeeThroughNY.net)
For the second consecutive year, more than 10 percent of the MTA’s workforce – 8,074 individuals – took home $100,000 or more in total pay, including overtime and other extra pay. The MTA’s six-figure club included:

  • Six employees who earned more than $250,000;
  • 44 employees who earned between $200,000 and $250,000;
  • 511 employees who earned between $150,000 and $200,000; and
  • 7,513 individuals who earned between $100,000 and $150,000.

 

Eleven of the 561 employees who earned more than $150,000 in 2009 were Long Island Railroad car repairmen who earned an average of $167,342 – which was $102,477 over their annual base pay rate of $64,865. Other popular titles in the $150,000-and-over category included:

  • 65 Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad conductors who averaged $86,837 over their base salaries which averaged $75,970;*
  • 53 Bridge & Tunnel Sergeants and Lieutenants who averaged $94,962 over the average base pay of $82,594;
  • 34 Long Island and Metro-North Railroad engineers who averaged $89,109 over their $77,953;*
  • 28 MTA police officers; and
  • 23 Long Island Railroad gang foremen averaging $81,718 over their base pay rate $82,249.

 

Most of the MTA’s unionized employees received a 4 percent base pay increase last year. Smaller average total pay increases in some units reflect, in part, the inclusion of non-unionized management employees, whose pay was frozen.

SeeThroughNY allows the public to examine government expenditures on the Internet. It includes the wages of most New York State government, public authorities, cities, counties, villages, towns and school districts. Also posted are teacher and administrator pensions, teacher and school superintendent employment contracts, state legislators’ office expenditures, pork barrel projects, and a benchmarking feature for comparing local government and school district spending. The site was launched July 31, 2008.

The Albany-based Empire Center is a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, one of the nation’s leading non-profit 501(c)3 think tanks.

(Click here for table showing both total and change in employees and payroll by MTA subagency between 2008 and 2009, and click here for table showing the 100 highest earning MTA employees in 2009.)

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