ALBANY, N.Y. – In the wake of the resignation of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) chair and chief executive officer, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is once again calling for a full forensic audit of the MTA. Ball represents the 40th Senate District, which includes Lewisboro and Pound Ridge.
Governor Cuomo is expected to name Jay Walder’s replacement soon.
“There is no better time than now,” said Ball, who has been calling for the audit since 2009. “We have an opportunity here with new leadership at the helm to get a fresh start and save taxpayers, communities and small business owners millions of dollars.”
The state Senate passed a Ball-sponsored bill in June that would repeal MTA payroll tax, as well as forensically audit the authority’s accounting practices.
Ball said he has sought to repeal the tax since it was instated in 2009
“The single most important thing we can do collectively in the Hudson Valley to create jobs is reverse the MTA payroll tax,” he said.
Assemblyman Steve Katz (R, I – Yorktown) has joined Ball in his fight to audit the MTA.
“The MTA is one of the most costly agencies in the nation, and it is completely irresponsible to ask the people, and employers, of New York State to spend one more dime funding this agency until a complete accounting of their finances is made public,” Katz said.
Welder announced his resignation last month and since then Governor Cuomo has formed a committee charged with helping to replace him. Ball and Katz are calling for the forensic audit to take place before the new MTA administration takes hold.
The lawmakers have created an online petition that calls for audit to take place before the governor appoints a new MTA chief and are asking their constituents to sign it. It can be found at www.auditthemta.com.
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