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MTA: Another Time Clock Damaged Amid OT Crackdown

June 09, 2019 - 10:43 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- The MTA says a screen on an employee time clock was smashed in an "apparent act of vandalism'' that's seen as retaliation for a crackdown on hefty overtime pay.



The damaged time clock was discovered Saturday at the 38th Street facility and train yard in Brooklyn. It's the second time in a week that a time clock has been damaged at an MTA facility.

MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny says workers installing a biometric scanner at a Long Island Rail Road station in Queens on Tuesday found that a wire had been cut in an apparent act of sabotage.

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“For the second time in one week, MTA time-keeping equipment used to ensure accountability and honesty has been vandalized,” Pokorny said in a statement Saturday.

“Riders and taxpayers deserve to have a modern system in place in place to effectively verify when workers arrive at the job, and clock out at the end of their shift. We will not be intimidated by illegal acts of sabotage that are only designed to undermine our efforts to ensure accountability across the MTA and protect taxpayer dollars from misuse,” the statement read.

The discovery comes just a few days after a worker at the Jamaica LIRR station discovered a wire had been cut on one of the new time clocks.

The suspected acts of "sabotage" come amid an overtime crackdown at the MTA. A fiscal watchdog reported in April that the MTA doled out $1.3 billion in overtime in 2018, including nearly $345,000 in extra pay to a single Long Island Rail Road worker.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report).