Before Joseph Lhota takes over as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he can expect to hear two phrases from the Lower Hudson Valley’s state senators: “payroll tax” and “forensic audit.”

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nominee to run the nation’s largest transit agency, Lhota, executive vice president of administration for the Madison Square Garden Company, must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Most senators representing Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties also called for a sharp look at spending, and said they would like to see more transparency in the agency. Most also opposed the payroll tax levied on employers throughout the 12-county MTA region, including the Lower Hudson Valley.

“It’s critically important that (Lhota), coming out of the gate, fight to ensure that there’s a full and forensic accounting of the MTA books and take this beyond political finger-pointing,” said Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, who has been among the loudest voices calling for the end of the payroll tax.

A forensic audit generally looks not just at policies, but also for evidence of criminal behavior. And that’s what Ball means. He said the review must “focus like a laser on corruption and mismanagement.” (READ MORE)


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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