NYS Senator Zeldin on the resignation of MTA Chair Walder
“While many improvements were made to the MTA under Chairman Walder’s tenure, much more work needs to be done.
Here are a dozen suggestions for the next Chairman:
1) Prepare for life after the MTA Payroll Tax. Chairman Walder said it was “impossible”, which was simply the wrong answer;
2) Cap the salaries of all MTA employees to no more than Governor Cuomo’s salary. The amount of individuals making over $200,000, especially Chairman Walder’s $350,000, is insulting to all taxpayers in the 12 county MTA region;
3) Commit to staying in the position through at least December 31, 2014;
4) Agree to new contracts with the MTA’s unions that reflect the realities of the MTA’s poor and unstable fiscal health;
5) Eliminate overtime abuse;
6) Pursue more public-private partnerships;
7) Initiate a pilot project to assess competitive bidding possibilities for NYC bus contracts;
8) Reduce outside litigation costs;
9) Lower cash and investment float;
10) Improve process for approving personal and miscellaneous service contracts;
11) Reduce the excessive amount of managers and supervisors; and
12) Sell off real estate.
This isn’t a moment for anyone to be patting others on the back for fixing the MTA’s finances. While a problem has been mitigated, nothing has been fixed. “Stability and credibility” for the MTA is still desperately lacking. I look forward to working closely with the next Chairman and wish Governor Cuomo the best of luck in this most critical replacement for our mass transit system.”