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MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by Gold_12TH on Mon Mar 19 15:29:10 2012

A six-figure subway supervisor spent hours cruising the tri-state area in his BMW, going on shopping sprees and visiting a no-tell motel — all while on duty, sources said.

David Varlack’s job is to manage MTA transit crews that maintain train signals in a section of the north Bronx.

Instead, he spent “many hours traveling around” the last six months, one source said. “He was all over the place. He was really off the reservation.”

For several months, Varlack, 48, has been the target of an investigation by the MTA inspector general’s office and the Manhattan district attorney’s office, sources said. Criminal charges could be levied against him, sources said.

He didn’t loot the farebox but stole time by getting paid for hours he didn’t work, sources said. He even had the gumption to put in for significant amounts of overtime, sources said.

“It was pretty extensive,” one source said. “There were days when he was gone for hours and others when he was gone for just about the whole day.”

Varlack earned about $113,000 in 2010, including $25,205 in overtime, according to MTA records. His 2011 salary and overtime earnings weren’t available.

Supervision of the supervisor was anemic, according to sources. But a tipster dropped a dime on Varlack and told Inspector General Barry Kluger’s office that he regularly was missing in action, the sources said.

“Nobody was up there watching over him,” one source said. “He was pretty much a free agent.”

One of Varlack’s on-duty destinations was the Apple Motor Inn. It’s miles from the nearest subway station. It’s not even in the city but located in Ardsley, Westchester County.

The Apple has reasonable rates for that special, short-term getaway: $45 for three hours. There are certain rooms set aside for the day trippers. Each has a hot tub and a mirror above the bed.

An Apple Motor Inn employee declined to say whether a short-term guest seeking company can call room service.

“Guy, you are asking a lot of questions,” the employee said. “You know I'm not going to answer that.”

The allegedly wayward trackman also frequented Bloomingdales in White Plains, retail outlet Woodbury Commons in Central Valley, N.Y., and malls in New Jersey, according to sources.

The inspector general’s office refused to comment. Sources were unable to quantify the theft.

Varlack didn’t return messages seeking comment.

“He’s not available,” said a perturbed woman who answered the telephone at his suburban home. “He’s working.”

---http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta-supervisor-making-113-000-a-year-spent-work-hours-shopping-sprees-sources-article-1.1041936#ixzz1paoA7sKB

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by Avid Reader on Mon Mar 19 16:57:06 2012, in response to MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by Gold_12TH on Mon Mar 19 15:29:10 2012.

Sounds like a Liberal using his perks.
What's the problem?

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by orange blossom special on Mon Mar 19 22:02:17 2012, in response to Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by Avid Reader on Mon Mar 19 16:57:06 2012.

It's that they think they can get away with it and have no one to answer to. Give them an inch...
Everyone does it at some level, come back from lunch one minute late, turns to 2 or 3, excessive potty use....I guess it depends on the job. Not many have the freedom of riding round their BMW during hours.

Just saying, this guy went really flagrant and above the law if he's gone for the WHOLE DAY.

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by numbersix on Mon Mar 19 22:17:19 2012, in response to Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by orange blossom special on Mon Mar 19 22:02:17 2012.

Maybe he's a visionary, scouting new routes for IRT extensions north of the city.

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by Train Dude on Mon Mar 19 22:55:42 2012, in response to MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by Gold_12TH on Mon Mar 19 15:29:10 2012.

Theft is theft,

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by monorail on Tue Mar 20 00:20:24 2012, in response to MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by Gold_12TH on Mon Mar 19 15:29:10 2012.

Perhaps he's somehow connected to division 'C'.....

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by Train Dude on Tue Mar 20 01:41:03 2012, in response to Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by monorail on Tue Mar 20 00:20:24 2012.

Be nice. Some of those guys used to like you :(

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by monorail on Tue Mar 20 04:58:03 2012, in response to Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by Train Dude on Tue Mar 20 01:41:03 2012.

didn't mention names.....

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by monorail on Tue Mar 20 04:59:35 2012, in response to Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by monorail on Tue Mar 20 04:58:03 2012.

besides, if 'they used to like me', what difference does it make?

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by MainR3664 on Tue Mar 20 08:08:32 2012, in response to MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by Gold_12TH on Mon Mar 19 15:29:10 2012.

I don't know why people do this. Sooner or later, you get caught. Similar things have happened in the agency where I work. You could do this for a day here and there, especially if you're on the road, but if you make this a habit,you will get caught. I guess no one was asking him to actually account for his workday...

If I, or any of my colleagues go on the road, we have to account for it. Something like: "I went to X location and did activity Y"...sort of thing. Adn it gets reviewed.

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Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say

Posted by Michael549 on Tue Mar 20 11:12:16 2012, in response to Re: MTA supervisor making $113,000 a year spent work hours on shopping sprees, sources say, posted by MainR3664 on Tue Mar 20 08:08:32 2012.

Here's the other interesting part. Now that the news has been posted on the web, and at other sites - it is going to be harder for this person to find another job with similar pay, benefits, etc. Many companies do background checks - so this information about him can be easily found. In the mythical past - some things could have been "hidden under the rug" while the person is removed from the job, and they look for work elsewhere.

In light of the current economy, the level of job-lessness, the difficulty of finding similar work where other folk know of your reputation, etc. - this was a "very bad move".

Just my thoughts.
Mike


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