Copyright Redlich for Governor
Albany – Republican candidate for Governor of New York State in 2010, Warren Redlich, wants to cap public sector employees' salaries at $100,000 per year. He also want to cap pensions at $75,000 per year.
In a press release issued yesterday, Redlich used the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as just one example of state authorities and agencies that are running up deficits but not doing anything to cut payrolls.
Using figures made available through the SeeThroughNY.net database, Redlich points out that the MTA had 54 people making over $200,000 in total pay in 2008, with over 8000 making $100K or more.
Redlich says that his "pay cap would reduce the MTA payroll by nearly $200 million. The pension cap would dramatically reduce the authority’s rapidly increasing pension costs, which are now over $1 billion annually. "
Redlich went on to state, "The MTA 200K club includes CEO Eliot Sander as the highest paid with $290K, and dozens of other executives, including William Norwich, the Senior VP of Operations for Long Island Bus ($259K), and Joseph Smith, Superintendent of Maintenance for NYC Transit ($256K)."
"The club also includes a number of regular workers. Ronald C. Dunne earned $283K as a Car Repairman for the Long Island Railroad. Some other $200K+ positions were Road Car Inspector, Conductor, Engineer, and Police Officer."
Redlich claims that Governor David Paterson wants to balance the budget by increasing taxes and adopting measures that would hurt regular workers and cut services.
Redlich believes that the place to start saving money is "cutting at the top.”