In a Daily News exclusive yesterday, writer Pete Donohue learned that Mr. Joe Lhota, the MTA-chief-turned-mayoral-candidate, handed out a few raises and buyouts before he stepped out of office this past December, totaling about $253,000 in cold, hard, much-needed cash. According to the agency, the end-of-the-year gifts were a result of contracts made years ago that set these raises in motion. And, since these raises come at a time where the agency is strapped for cash, there naturally has to be a few details of the story that are meant to simply irritate.
Like the fact that the money was issued to the MTA's top executives around the same time the fare hike for millions of commuters was passed, which is really just great. Or the fact that most MTA workers haven't seen a dime above their standard wages since 2008. Or the fact that union workers now face wage freezes because of how broke the MTA is.
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