NEW YORK (WPIX)—Friday morning, 200 transit workers will be getting pink slips. As they turn in their badges and uniforms, the MTA is standing by a tradition of giving pocket watches to Metro North retirees.
PIX 11 News Reporter Greg Mocker learned of the procurement this week. He found a bid request for 270 personally engraved Bulova desk/pocket watches in mahogany-stained boxes. Daniel Brucker, Metro-North Railroad Spokesman says, "All Metro-North Railroad retirees receive a watch as a very small token of appreciation for their decades of dedicated public service." The MTA says Long Island Rail Road employees also receive tokens of appreciation.
The watches retail for $90. But Mocker has learned the MTA has paid $55 for each watch. That would bring the cost of the project to about $15,000. MTA ignored Mocker's request to justify the expense given the upcoming fare hikes and additional lay offs of bus drivers, station agents and conductors.
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