MTA time clock smasher caught, forced to repay $2,500 for damage

MTA investigators have caught the vandal who smashed a time clock at New York City Transit headquarters last October, the agency’s watchdog said Friday.

The employee — who was not named — agreed to pay $2,500 restitution and retired, side-stepping further disciplinary action, MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny said.

The Oct. 24, 2019, clock-smash at the subway and bus division’s Brooklyn headquarters was one of 20 incidents of damaged time clocks reported to the IG’s office between June 2019 and March 2020, according to an IG report released Friday.

Of 13 incidents investigated as vandalism, six appeared to have been deliberate, the IG said. Another four appear to have been accidents, while investigators could not determine the cause of two others.

Transit officials installed the fingerprint-enabled clocks at a rapid pace over the last year after a third-party report pinned the MTA’s outrageous overtime costs on archaic timekeeping methods.

But rollout of the modern time-keepers has stalled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pokorny’s office said — as has integration of the clocks with the agency’s actual payroll systems.

“The MTA has yet to tackle some of the most important steps for management reform, and that worries us,” Pokorny told the MTA board on Wednesday.

“Management is still relying on paper records and an honor system throughout large parts of the system.”


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