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by Jennifer Swift

SOMERS, N.Y. — Northern Westchester politicians serving in Albany are teaming up with local officials to scrutinize the finances of one of the state’s largest entities. State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C – Patterson), Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I – Yorktown), and other local politicians, including Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, called for a forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at Somers Town Hall Monday afternoon.

Ball, who has introduced legislation that would repeal the tax and legislation perform an audit of the state corporation, called the MTA “grossly mismanaged” and “corrupt.” He said an audit is needed to see where tax dollars are distributed from the MTA payroll tax, and to see where cuts could be made to make up funds after repealing the tax.

“Right now the MTA payroll tax represents over a billion dollars, and this is the problem with creating new tax increases,” Ball said. “You create that new tax increase and that represents over a billion dollars of the MTA budget, and that’s about $10 million or more,” Ball said. “In order to repeal that MTA payroll tax, we’ve got to find a savings within that MTA budget … and then actually find cuts to really what is cost-overrun.”

Ball said the senate has repealed the tax, and now the assembly needs to pass it. He said members Assembly, like Katz, have pushed to have it repealed, while Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D – Manhattan), Speaker of the House, needs to get the bill passed. (READ MORE)


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