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Conductor Fourth Highest Paid

February 5, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A train conductor earned more than $124,000 last year, making him the fourth highest paid employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, payroll records show.

Conductor Fred Lucas first came to public attention in November, when it was reported that he had earned $102,723 in the first nine months of 1984 and would surely earn more for the year than some of the MTA’s highest-ranked officials.

According to payroll documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Gannett Westchester Rockland Newspapers, Lucas’ total pay for the year came to $124,965.61.

Peter Stengl, president of Metro-North, the rail line to New York’s northern suburbs, earned less than Lucas, with a 1984 salary of $105,00, according to the documents.

Only three MTA employees earned more than Lucas, the documents showed. The chairman of the MTA, Robert Kiley, was paid $150,000; Transit Authority President David Gunn, who presides over New York City’s subways, earned $140,00; and Long Island Rail Road President Robin Wilson earned $130,000.

Lucas received a hefty boost in pay - $22,793 - from an August labor settlement that called for salary raises retroactive to January 1983.In addition, officials said, he worked substantial overtime and was available to work round the clock.

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