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Brewster, N.Y.  – (11/18/11) – Pending Senate confirmation Joseph Lhota will succeed Jay Walder as the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In response to Lhota’s appointment Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is renewing both his call for a repeal of the MTA payroll tax and a full forensic audit of the MTA’s accounting practices.

“There is no better time than now, before Lhota’s confirmation, that he agree right up front to a forensic accounting of the MTA’s books as well as a full repeal of the MTA’s job-killing payroll tax,” said Senator Ball who has been spearheading the call for a forensic audit and a repeal of the tax. “It’s critically important that Lhota, comes out of the gate, fighting to ensure that there’s a full forensic audit of the MTA’s books and that he also works to find a qualified way to finally repeal this job-killing MTA payroll tax.”

On June 15, 2011, the New York State Senate passed a bill (S4637/A7856), sponsored by Senator Ball, that would not only repeal the job-killing MTA payroll tax, but also forensically audit the authority’s accounting practices.

Senator Ball has been fighting to repeal the tax since it was instated in 2009. As a member of the New York State Assembly, Ball introduced legislation to repeal the tax and audit the MTA.

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier (914) 406-5114.