'MANAGEMENT FAILURE': Cuomo blasts MTA, vows overhaul after time clock 'sabotage'

Juliet Papa
June 10, 2019 - 11:23 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – After another MTA time clock was found destroyed in an “apparent act of vandalism” on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the agency this weekend, saying he wants to overhaul the MTA board.

“It’s clear that the MTA has been a management failure,” Cuomo said during Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.

“The people of New York have spent more money than ever before. Fares are up, tolls are up. We just spent $800 million on the Subway Action Plan. And the MTA still fails to have basic management systems in place,” he said.

The governor, who appoints board members, said he'd like to nominate two people with “real expertise in management and finances,” according to the Daily News. They are state Budget Director Robert Mujica and Linda Lacewell, the head of the state Department of Financial Services.

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The comments come after another investigation was launched into a second case of what MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny called “sabotage” and an “apparent act of vandalism.”

A time clock was discovered smashed at the MTA 38th Street train yard and facility in Sunset Park on Friday evening. The discovery came just days after the Ethernet cord connecting a biometric time clock was cut at the LIRR Jamaica Terminal.

The new time clocks were part of an effort to reign in out-of-control overtime abuse.

Some local transit groups were critical of Cuomo’s comments about the board, according to the New York Post. They think he’s trying to “spin his way out of the MTA’s latest crisis.”

“If the governor wants to address problems with time management at the LIRR, he should empower the career staff at the MTA to solve them,” Ben Fried, of TransitCenter, told the Post.

“It’s astounding he’s got the chutzpah to say things like this when he’s been the one who’s politicized the agency and sidelined professional voices that he disagrees with,” John Kaehny, of Reinvent Albany, told the paper.

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