Back in mid-late June, the biggest story in & around the MTA was “PerkGate”. This scandal came about after a great Daily News exposé which alerted the masses how MTA Board members were abusing perks such as Free E-Z Pass tags, MetroCards, Railroad Passes, etc….. The MTA put up an initial resistance to eliminate the perks after New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo came calling. However their resistance was short lived & they voted to revoke the free travel perks. The last piece of responsibility was for board members to turn in their respective tags, passes, & such. However according to New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue, only 80% of them have:
Former MTA honchos kept one in five lifetime passes that the agency recalled after a Daily News exposé – and their electronic freebies will be switched off within days.
Ex-Metropolitan Transit Authority big shots still have three free E-Z Passes, 10 MetroCards and at least 16 suburban rail passes more than two months after they were told to hand in a total of 143 perks, officials said.
“Our former board members have been very cooperative, and we expect to have all of the passes returned shortly,” MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.
Soffin refused to name those who failed to return the passes and said some of them may not know about the recall because of summer vacations.
He noted that nearly 80% of the passes were returned.
The agency plans to pull the plug on the E-Z Passes and MetroCards by the end of the week, meaning some of the ex-bosses may find themselves stuck at bridge toll gates or subway turnstiles, officials said.
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It is ridiculous that it has taken them this long to turn them in. I’m sure we will hear the excuses such as vacations & such but that does not fly with me. If you couldn’t turn them in, have an associate do do. Should I believe that every possible person who could have turned them in was on vacation at the same time? Highly unlikely………
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