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Union Accuses MTA Of Dragging Feet In Cheating Scandal, Compromising Safety

The executive director of Metro-North's biggest union is accusing the MTA of possibly compromising passenger safety by allowing conductors and engineers to continue working while allegations of cheating on tests were investigated.
The executive director of Metro-North's biggest union is accusing the MTA of possibly compromising passenger safety by allowing conductors and engineers to continue working while allegations of cheating on tests were investigated. Photo Credit: File

A union is saying the Metropolitan Transportation Authority potentially endangered passengers by failing to immediately remove Metro-North employees accused of cheating on safety tests, according to a report by lohud.com.

James Fahey, head of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, said this week the commuter rail's former leadership and the MTA’s inspector general, Barry Kluger, should have prevented the engineers and conductors from working when the scandal first came to light in 2012, the lohud.com report said.

Kluger, whose long-running investigation resulted last year in the indictments of more than a dozen MTA workers and the recent suspensions of 10, declined to comment on Fahey’s remarks, the lohud.com story said.

However, a Metro-North spokeswoman told lohud.com the commuter rail service took numerous steps to ensure safety while the cheating charges were being investigated, including additional training, new rounds of testing and the institution of new security procedures during the examination process, the lohud.com story said.

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