Some LIRR employees quadrupled base salaries in overtime alone, leaving riders confused

Some LIRR riders, however, think that the MTA's overtime spending has gotten out of control.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2022, 2:22 AM

Updated 721 days ago

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The Long Island Rail Road is facing some scrutiny after revealing that some employees earned over $100,000 in overtime alone in 2021.
According to data from the watchdog group The Empire Center, Salvatore Lazzarino, more than tripled his salary with overtime.
The LIRR utility worker made $181,000 in overtime on top of his $79,000 salary.
He was just the fourth highest LIRR overtime earner in 2021.
David Negus, a machinist and federal inspector, was the highest, earning $225,000 in overtime on top of a $75,000 salary.
News 12 attempted to talk to Lazzarino or Negus, but neither wanted to speak.
Some LIRR riders, however, think that the MTA's overtime spending has gotten out of control.
"That's a lot of money," one person said. "That is a real lot of money to be making."
The MTA has been criticized for its overtime policies before.
Until recently, time sheets were filled out on the honor system.
Several workers have been criminally charged for allegedly lying about their hours.
According to the MTA, its 2021 overtime report demonstrates a big improvement, spending $217 million less than in 2018.
Ridership on the MTA, however, is down nearly two thirds since then.
A statement from the chief administrative officer for the MTA says the agency was able to hold the line during a period of staffing shortages using scheduled overtime.
The statement also said that the purpose of that was to keep subway and bus service moving, but there was no mention of the LIRR.


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