MTA: 2nd time clock vandalized amid overtime crackdown

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Transit Authority says a screen on an employee time clock in the city was smashed in an "apparent act of vandalism" that's seen as retaliation for a crackdown on hefty overtime pay.

The damaged screen was discovered Saturday at a train yard in Brooklyn. It's the second time in a week that a time clock has been damaged at an MTA facility.

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MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny says workers installing a biometric scanner at a Long Island Rail Road station in Queens on Tuesday found that a wire had been cut in an apparent act of sabotage.

The timekeeping clocks were installed for employees to clock in and out as part of an effort to crackdown on overtime abuse.

A fiscal watchdog reported in April that the MTA doled out $1.3 billion in overtime in 2018, including nearly $345,000 in extra pay to a single Long Island Rail Road worker.

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