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MTA Overtime Pay Jumps $84 Million

Metro North railroad employees conduct repair work.
Metro North railroad employees conduct repair work. Photo Credit: Courtesy MTA

Overtime spending by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority rose 11 percent in 2015, making it possible for hundreds of employees to double their pay, according to payroll records added today to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website.

The authority’s 2015 overtime spending at six operating subsidiaries totaled about $876 million, up from $792 million in 2014.

A seventh unit, MTA Bus Company, did not provide an accounting of its overtime and is not included in these calculations. The MTA’s overtime champion was Joseph M. Ruzzo, a Long Island Railroad track foreman, who more than tripled his regular pay of $101,204 with $231,923 in overtime.

Another 421 MTA employees also collected more in overtime than they did in regular pay, with 10 more than tripling their base salaries and wages.

Out of 77,252 employees who drew a paycheck from the MTA in 2015, the records show 158 received overtime pay of $100,000 or more.

They included 107 employees of LIRR—where overtime rose by a total of 23 percent.

Click here to see the list of the 50 highest-paid MTA employees

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