Almost 7 months ago the New York Daily News revealed that MTA CEO/Executive Director Elliot Sander was approved for a $10,000 raise. Many transit advocates & bloggers (myself included) expressed outrage since the timing for one was completely ridiculous. Now fast forward to the present day & with the MTA’s finances in an even bigger hole as compared to then, Elliot has decided to take a pass on the raise. New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue has more in this report:
MTA chief Elliot Sander – who raised eyebrows and tempers after snagging a raise last year – will take a pass on extra cash this year, the Daily News has learned.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s agency heads also agreed to forgo their contractually set raises this year, but might take them next year, officials said.
“I think it’s a symbolic move but an appropriate move given where the MTA is,” Sander said.
“We need to make the point to the Legislature that we’re prepared to sacrifice, and that’s what we’re doing here.”
The MTA wants Albany to approve a transit bailout with new – and more stable – revenue sources to help close massive operating and capital budget gaps, avert major service cuts and mitigate fare hikes next summer.
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I am glad Elliot & the rest of the MTA learned from last year’s public relations blunder. However in the bigger scope of things, it clearly was the correct & only move that Elliot could make. While transit advocates & bloggers understand the need for our government to adequately fund our transit infrastructure, it would not have looked good if he took a raise. It is hard to cry poverty when giving someone who already earns 6 figures a raise.
xoxo Transit Blogger