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MTA Overtime Payouts Drop By 8%

 Long Island Rail Road
Frank Franklin II

Four of the five top earners at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority work for the Long Island Rail Road. That’s according to a report from the Empire Center for Public Policy.

Two of those LIRR workers tripled their annual income last year with overtime. One is a track foreman and the other is a mechanic foreman. Their regular pay is a little over $100,000 a year. Both earned more than $200,000 in overtime. 

Overall, the total overtime payments to MTA employees are about $100 million less than in 2018, when overtime hit a record high of $1.25 billion. Last year, they earned $1.24 billion in OT. MTA overtime pay came under fire last year after an inspector general report found problems with tracking employee attendance and time worked. 

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.
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