Raia Blasts MTA Payroll Tax, Finances

February 15, 2010

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (left) stands next to the letter he signed, together with LI elected officials, calling on the comptroller to conduct an immediate forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) joined local elected officials on March 12 at the Long Island Railroad station in Ronkonkoma to publicly sign a letter calling on State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to immediately conduct a forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He also called for the repeal of the MTA payroll tax and asked DiNapoli to make recommendations for legislative and administrative action to reduce operating costs and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse at the transit agency.

“It is absolutely necessary to call on State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to conduct an extensive audit of the MTA,” Raia said. “Long Island residents and businesses have struggled with job-killing payroll taxes and unfair toll hikes. We need immediate action; it’s about time the MTA is held accountable.”

The MTA recently concluded a series of nine public hearings to solicit input on cuts needed to help address the Authority’s nearly $750 million budget gap. More than 2,500 people attended the hearings, and MTA Board members and officials heard from more than 500 speakers.