One day after PIX 11 News reporter Greg Mocker suggested a way the MTA could save $1 million, the authority shrugged off his report -- and posted a new $146,000 job at the Long Island Railroad.

The advertisement for a Chief Information Officer at the LIRR appeared on the MTA's website just hours after Mocker reported the cash-strapped authority was spending $1.1 million to hire 11 managers and executives. The MTA was quick to defend the new job posting.

"It is critical to our transit system that each agency retain its own [information technology] capacity," a MTA spokesman told Mocker via email. "This position is being offered to replace someone who will be retiring."

When Mocker asked about the other 11 executive jobs -- and if the MTA had considered a hiring freeze during the budget crunch -- the spokesman offered this:

"The MTA is reducing administrative payroll expenses by 15% at its agencies and 20% at headquarters, in part through eliminating vacant positions. But to run an organization that keeps 8.5 million people moving each day, there will always be some vacancies that arise that must be filled.

"All of the positions you noted are necessary for the MTA to reduce costs, collect revenue, and continue to maintain viable service."

GREG WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU. HE RETURNS EVERY EMAIL, AND EVERYTHING IS CONFIDENTIAL: mocker@wpix.com