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Millions in RIPTA Overtime Prompts Call for Review by RI Leaders

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

 

More questions surround RIPTA, following a GoLocal investigation.

A GoLocal investigation found that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) spent millions in overtime costs to employees in 2016 -- and is now expected to run a multi-million dollar deficit. 

Now, leaders are calling for a review of the quasi-public agency. 

SLIDES: Top RIPTA Overtimer Earners BELOW

State Representative John Lombardi has been an outspoken critic of RIPTA, most recently questioning the move to cut the program that provided free rides to qualifying disabled and elderly passengers, when RIPTA instituted a $.50 fare for those riders this past February 1 despite strong opposition.

"Herein lies the problem. What we needed was 1/10 of 1 percent of [RIPTA's] budget to deal with the most in need, the handicapped, senior citizens, those without vehicles," said Lombardi.  "Runaway and rampant overtime is irresponsible and shows a lack of management. They need a complete overhaul of RIPTA."

"But I think the courage -- or lack thereof -- was when [RIPTA] didn't find the $900,000 [for the disabled and elderly]," Lombardi continued. "It's sad. People that use RIPTA need to contact their reps and senators. It's rampant overtime. Are they utilizing staff properly? We need to get to the bottom of this. There should be a line-item in the budget, that way there would be more eyes on it."

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Current -- and former -- leaders are calling for a look at the RIPTA overtime levels. 

"The Finance Committee will be inquiring about overtime as part of its review of the RIPTA budget," said Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, in a statement provided to GoLocal on Monday. 

Former Rhode Island Director of Administration and Founder and Director of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University Gary Sasse put forth questions that he believes need to be answered. 

RIPTA critic and Rep. John Lombardi

"This level of overtime raises serious questions about RIPTA personnel management plan. The situation should be investigated by the Governor as well as the General Assembly's oversight and finance committees," said Sasse.

"Questions that needs to be addressed include the following. Is it less or more expensive to hire additional drivers or continue to pay overtime? How are overtime assignment made, is the system being gamed for the advantage of certain staff? Is there any consideration to revising routes to help reduce overtime cost? Who is making and approving overtime decisions? What role has the RIPTA Board played in exercising appropriate oversight over operations and the use of manpower? How much was budgeted for overtime and are expenditures for overtime exceeding the budget?"

Privatizing Public Transportation?

At the municipal level, a look in 2016 by Forbes contributor Adam Millsap posed, "Privatizing Public Transit Lowers Costs and Saves Cities Money."

"Advocacy groups and progressive politicians are often receptive to providing subsidies to poorer transit riders but tend to be less willing to implement real cost-saving measures such as more privatization," wrote Millsap. "This double burden could be reduced or potentially eliminated if officials in large, union-heavy cities let private companies that have the benefits of economies of scale and superior negotiation skills operate the city’s transit system."

Mike Stenhouse, the CEO of the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, which describes itself as advancing  a "pro-family, pro-business reform agenda," took issued with the overtime costs at RIPTA. 

"Rhode Islanders want a government that works for all of us. Yet, our state has become an un-supervised playground for all manner of the special interest few - from government worker unions, to third-party vendors, to insider corporations, to corrupt lawmakers - to steal money from taxpayers for their own personal gain ... and who give little or no value back in return," said Stenhouse. "There is no adequate check and balance and there is no leadership in our state who seems to care. Our Center renews its call for an Office of the Inspector General, who at least would give us a chance to stop this wasteful spending before it happens.

"Wherever we look - whether its RIPTA, the Department of Health, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Child Services, and any other places - the incompetence and corruption inherent with an over-reaching government is readily apparent to all," added Stenhouse. "Yet lawmakers just keep on spending; and taxpayers keep voting for more of the same."

Editor's Note: A prior version attributed $300,000 to Lombardi's quote; Lombardi clarified that it is $900,000. 

 

Related Slideshow: Top 100 Overtimers at RIPTA

Prev Next

#100

JERIMAL BARNES

Salary: $45,170.54

Overtime: $22,707.39

Total: $67,877.93

Does not include benefits

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#99

BRENDA BRIERE

Salary: $60,302.26

Overtime: $22,801.78

Total: $83,104.04

Does not include benefits

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#98

MARSEL GARCIA

Salary: $47,368.14

Overtime: $22,832.61

Total: $70,200.75

Does not include benefits

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#97

JENNIFER DONAHAY

Salary: $57,083.95

Overtime: $22,910.62

Total: $79,994.54

Does not include benefits

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#96

JAMES GARCIA

Salary: $57,177.33

Overtime: $23,025.74

Total: $80,203.07

Does not include benefits

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#95

JEFFREY THERIAULT

Salary: $47,370.19

Overtime: $23,195.92

Total: $70,566.11

Does not include benefits

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#94

ANTOINIER PINTHIERE

Salary: $40,231.47

Overtime: $23,220.03

Total: $63,451.5

Does not include benefits

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#93

ARTHUR TILLEY

Salary: $60,646.22

Overtime: $23,319.01

Total: $83,965.23 

Does not include benefits

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#92

A JOSEPH DAOU

Salary: $40,226.29

Overtime: $23,518.67

Total: $63,744.96

Does not include benefits

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#91

ANTONIO LOPES

Salary: $37,807.65

Overtime: $23,591.75

Total: $61,399.4

Does not include benefits

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#90

PENELOPE CODY-HEROUX

Salary: $42,539.58

Overtime: $23,786.93

Total: $66,326.51

Does not include benefits

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#89

ABIODUN OSHIYEMI

Salary: $56,424.39

Overtime: $23,945.01

Total: $80,369.4

Does not include benefits

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#88

OSWALDO RIVERA

Salary: $33,963.10

Overtime: $24,169.54

Total: $58,132.64

Does not include benefits

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#87

NERY DURAN

Salary: $47,826.31

Overtime: $24,171.43

Total: $71,997.74

Does not include benefits

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#86

PIERRE CHARLES

Salary: $56,467.37

Overtime: $24,236.90

Total: $80,704.27

Does not include benefits

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#85

DAVID BLAIS

Salary: $62,316.27

Overtime: $24,281.46

Total: $86,597.73

Does not include benefits

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#84

ANTHONY WILLIAMS

Salary: $61,714.37

Overtime: $24,377.80

Total: $86,092.17 

Does not include benefits

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#83

NICHOLAS DECRISTOFARO

Salary: $59,374.23

Overtime: $24,557.13

Total: $83,931.36

Does not include benefits

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#82

GIOVANNI TIBURCIO

Salary: $59,579.49

Overtime: $24,645.30

Total: $84,224.79

Does not include benefits

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#81

WILLIAM FELCI

Salary: $61,242.21

Overtime: $24,721.23

Total: $85,963.44

Does not include benefits

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#80

MICHAEL CAMPOPIANO

Salary: $57,838.80

Overtime: $24,766.28

Total: $82,605.08

Does not include benefits

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#79

ROBERT ANDOSCIA

Salary: $70,601.28

Overtime: $24,787.80

Total: $95,389.08

Does not include benefits

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#78

MICHAEL PELLETIER

Salary: $59,553.13

Overtime: $24,798.52

Total: $84,351.65

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#77

JULES ROMAIN

Salary: $60,919.34

Overtime: $24,861.48

Total: $85,780.82

Does not include benefits

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#76

ERNST LUBIN

Salary: $65,183.76

Overtime: $25,318.42

Total: $90,502.18

Does not include benefits

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#75

CHARLES WILLIS

Salary: $65,945.25

Overtime: $25,544.98

Total: $91,490.23

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#74

STEPHEN ZACHAS

Salary: $64,362.72

Overtime: $25,594.00

Total: $89,956.72

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#73

ORLANDO SEMEDO

Salary: $61,694.61

Overtime: $25,688.86

Total: $87,383.47

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#72

DIMKY EDOUARD

Salary: $56,220.53

Overtime: $25,707.05

Total: $81,927.58

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#71

JAMES MANER

Salary: $60,082.03

Overtime: $25,771.87

Total: $85,853.9

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#70

MAURICE HOWIE

Salary: $70,170.11

Overtime: $26,013.00

Total: $96,183.11

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#69

FERNAND LAGUERRE

Salary: $59,563.90

Overtime: $26,014.51

Total: $85,578.41

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#68

KENNETH ATHAIDE

Salary: $65,816.19

Overtime: $26,238.96

Total: $92,055.15

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#67

DAVID LEMIRE

Salary: $64,622.21

Overtime: $26,673.94

Total: $91,296.15

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#66

KEVIN DECOSTA

Salary: $60,720.01

Overtime: $26,682.68

Total: $87,402.69

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#65

HENRY WILLIAMS

Salary: $75,864.00

Overtime: $26,901.18

Total: $102,765.18

Does not include benefits

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#64

CARLOS ROCHA

Salary: $72,422.30

Overtime: $26,924.37

Total: $99,346.67

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#63

CHARLES CAMPBELL

Salary: $54,881.00

Overtime: $27,059.66

Total: $81,940.66

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#62

ELEUTERIO TORTI

Salary: $60,846.67

Overtime: $27,175.79

Total: $88,022.46

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#61

ELDORA GIBLIN

Salary: $58,241.09

Overtime: $27,294.04

Total: $85,535.13

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#60

MEURIS MOQUETE

Salary: $67,626.46

Overtime: $27,478.84

Total: $95,105.3

Does not include benefits

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#59

EDDY PIERRE PHILIPPE

Salary: $68,720.56

Overtime: $27,539.27

Total: $96,259.83

Does not include benefits

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#58

JASON FERREIRA

Salary: $74,351.36

Overtime: $27,555.32

Total: 101,906.68

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#57

JAMES BIANCHI

Salary: $57,462.71

Overtime: $27,632.22

Total: $85,094.93

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#56

MARY HATHAWAY

Salary: $38,637.04

Overtime: $27,644.10

Total: $66,281.14

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#55

DENNIS DUGAN

Salary: $61,758.61

Overtime: $27,941.43

Total: $89,700.04

Does not include benefits

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#54

OSIEL OLIVA

Salary: $51,294.64

Overtime: $27,984.21

Total: $79,278.85

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#53

FIROUZ PAZHOUHANDEH

Salary: $63,288.54

Overtime: $28,013.90

Total: $91,302.44

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#52

LOVERIDGE AMOAKO

Salary: $68,757.43

Overtime: $28,127.17

Total: $96,884.6

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#51

DAVID MCGEE

Salary: $61,188.94

Overtime: $28,388.53

Total: $89,577.47

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#50

SLAV MALYUTA

Salary: $40,164.78

Overtime: $28,802.99

Total: $68,967.77

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#49

MILTON LUNA

Salary: $60,352.93

Overtime: $28,832.53

Total: 89,185.46

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#48

JOSEPH COLE

Salary: $65,644.69

Overtime: $29,904.84

Total: $95,549.53

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#47

GEORGE CURRAN

Salary: $68,968.48

Overtime: $30,022.05

Total: $98,990.53

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#46

PETER DZIEDZIC

Salary: $61,072.04

Overtime: $30,820.70

Total: $91,892.74

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#45

JORGE VIZCAINO

Salary: $67,905.35

Overtime: $30,900.19

Total: $98,805.54

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#44

BERT DEMERS

Salary: $65,121.68

Overtime: $31,222.21

Total: $96,343.89

Does not include benefits 

Prev Next

#43

LENUS BAPTISTE

Salary: $39,874.52

Overtime: $31,283.90

Total: $71,158.42

Does not include benefits 

Prev Next

#42

JOHN TANCREDI

Salary: $69,805.26

Overtime: $31,362.49

Total: $101,167.75

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#41

SAMUEL RIVERA

Salary: $47,874.95

Overtime: $31,394.86

Total: $76,269.81

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#40

RAYMOND LEE

Salary: $67,935.57

Overtime: $31,442.45

Total: $99,378.02

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#39

ALBERT CARDILLO

Salary: $60,086.08

Overtime: $31,736.42

Total: $91,822.5

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#38

XIOMARA PACHECO

Salary: $68,383.37

Overtime: $31,819.18

Total: $100,202.55

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#37

SHELDON WILLIAMS

Salary: $60,798.37

Overtime: $31,849.70

Total: $92,648.07

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#36

WELLINGTON TAVAREZ

Salary: $58,525.45

Overtime: $32,213.38

Total: $90,738.83

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#35

DAVID NOVSAM

Salary: $61,966.07

Overtime: $32,414.02

Total: $94,380.09

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#34

MARILYN RAPOSA

Salary: $60,837.44

Overtime: $32,555.86

Total: $93,393.3

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#33

JEAN LOUIS

Salary: $64,816.03

Overtime: $32,768.48

Total: $97,584.51

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#32

ANTONIO VARGAS

Salary: $56,851.23

Overtime: $33,014.32

Total: $89,865.55

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#31

FRED NASH

Salary: $39,037.18

Overtime: $33,286.43

Total: $72,323.61

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#30

MATTHEW BORGES

Salary: $61,538.40

Overtime: $33,312.95

Total: $94,851.35

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#29

DANILO PAULINO

Salary: $57,872.33

Overtime: $33,391.43

Total: $91,263.76

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#28

OSCAR DELCID

Salary: $61,871.52

Overtime: $34,594.63

Total: $96,466.15

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#27

BENJAMIN CABRERA

Salary: $48,300.97

Overtime: $35,264.78

Total: $83,565.75

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#26

FELIX TERRERO

Salary: $57,890.97

Overtime: $35,267.81

Total: $93,158.78

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#25

EDMUND MELLO

Salary: $62,106.72

Overtime: $35,272.97

Total: $97,379.69

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#24

LAWRENCE ONYE

Salary: $60,037.59

Overtime: $35,655.53

Total: $95,693.12

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#23

DONALD SPELLMAN

Salary: $60,171.53

Overtime: $35,959.88

Total: $96,131.41

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#22

VICTOR FERREIRA

Salary: $49,687.19

Overtime: $36,268.59

Total: $85,955.78

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#21

JEAN ALTERA

Salary: $64,439.65

Overtime: $36,722.77

Total: $101,162.42

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#20

KEVIN CAHILL

Salary: $61,882.27

Overtime: $36,831.63

Total: $98,713.9

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#19

DAVID ST.GERMAIN

Salary: $58,210.46

Overtime: $37,099.91

Total: $95,310.37

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#18

MARIAN LONCZAK

Salary: $74,721.30

Overtime: $38,320.12

Total: $113,041.42

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#17

LAWRENCE THORNTON

Salary: $58,770.93

Overtime: $39,139.03

Total: $97,909.96

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#16

JULIO ROCA

Salary: $66,959.54

Overtime: $39,256.56

Total: $106,216.1

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#15

JEFFREY ROY

Salary: $60,785.53

Overtime: $40,374.83

Total: $101,160.36

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#14

PAUL PRICE

Salary: $60,574.83

Overtime: $40,782.05

Total: $101,356.88

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#13

JOSEPH LIMA

Salary: $65,717.90

Overtime: $42,067.18

Total: $107,785.08

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#12

JULIEN RAVENEAU

Salary: $62,387.59

Overtime: $43,244.80

Total: $105,632.39

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#11

STEPHEN MIELE

Salary: $62,797.76

Overtime: $45,612.73

Total: $108,410.49

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#10

PASCO MACARI

Salary: $59,191.64

Overtime: $45,837.34

Total: $105,028.98

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#9

LIVINGSTON CICERON

Salary: $57,473.30

Overtime: $46,234.44

Total: $103,707.74

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#8

STEPHEN FARRELL

Salary: $63,534.81

Overtime: $46,880.08

Total: $110,414.89

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#7

PAPA NDIAYE

Salary: $57,226.65

Overtime: $46,898.01

Total: $104,124.66

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#6

WILLIAM BLAIR

Salary: $61,665.97

Overtime: $48,069.52

Total: $109,735.49

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#5

LYNN HENDERSON

Salary: $61,909.12

Overtime: $51,238.23

Total: $113,147.35

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#4

RAYMOND HOLT

Salary: $74,738.88

Overtime: $52,280.20

Total: $127,019.08

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#3

DENNIS CONNOLLY

Salary: $60,932.98

Overtime: $53,056.52

Total: $113,989.5

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#2

JOHN REALL

Salary: $61,145.00

Overtime: $53,766.95

Total: $114,911.95

Does not include benefits

Prev Next

#1

JOSEPH MONTI

Salary: $84,823.35

Overtime: $58,359.06

Total: $143,182.41

Does not include benefits

 
 

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