City workers get record number of 'free' rides
By DAVID SEIFMAN, NY Post
Mayor Bloomberg presides over a driven government.
Documents released yesterday by the Office of Payroll Administration in response to a months-old Freedom of Information request show that the number of city workers commuting in their official vehicles matches the record of 2,409 set in 2005.
In 2007, a total of 2,275 of them drove to and from home at taxpayer expense using taxpayer-supplied gas. Back in 2003, there were just 1,547.
Leading the pack, ironically, was the Department of Environmental Protection, with 440 employees getting commuting privileges.
The mayor, who boasts that he's a regular subway rider, has pledged to reduce the city's carbon footprint by 30 percent.
The Buildings Department granted the transit freebie to 230 workers.
The FDNY maintained its perch near the top of the list with 155.
The only cost to most of the commuters is the tax they pay on the value of their free rides.
For most FDNY employees the value is listed at $660. That would put their out-of-pocket cost at about $220 a year -- or less than the price of three monthly MetroCards.