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by Katherine Pacchiana

SOMERS, N.Y. - Senator Greg Ball (R,C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I – Yorktown) joined forces with Somers officials at Town Hall on Monday afternoon to call for an immediate forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The tag, forensic, indicates a search for facts that can be presented in a court of law.

The MTA payroll tax, officially known at the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax, was enacted in May 2009. It added an additional tax to individuals and businesses within the district served by the MTA and was intended to forestall a significant rise in commuter fares.

“We know that the MTA is rife with corruption,” said Senator Ball. “It goes all the way back to the building of their new headquarters at Two Broadway and before that. Their projects constantly overrun the budget by 200, 300, 400 percent. They have a billion dollar payroll. The comptroller promised us an accounting and never followed up.”

Representing the Town of Somers at the meeting were Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy and Board Members Harry Bolton and Thomas A. Garrity, Jr. Also present was Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. (READ MORE)


Publication date: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 00:00