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SDCC presents: “ u n p l u g g e d ” with Jay Walder Chairman of the MTA

December Membership Breakfast Meeting


An unfiltered, “no holds barred” discussion with Jay H. Walder, who officially began his role MTA Chairman and chief executive officer on October 5. Walder has vowed to shake up the authority, which is the largest transit agency in the United States.

This conversation, dually moderated by Ann Meagher (Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce) and Jonathan Drapkin (Pattern for Progress), will tackle the difficult issues, not the least of which is his reaction to the enacted .33 percent payroll tax to bail the MTA out of its budgetary shortfall. The first payment, due on November 2, 2009, applies to businesses, hospitals, not-for-profits, self-employed, local governments, and school districts.*

Walder will be expected to give more than just hints of changes to come for the system, with the goal of making it more accountable, rebuilding its relationship with the public, and detailing how the ever-increasing cost of operating the agency is being put to good use.

* While the enacted legislation proposes to reimburse school districts after they pay the tax, the earliest date for reimbursement is April 1, 2010.


Due to the popularity of this particular program we will be accepting questions from our membership in advance in order to streamline the process and avoid duplication. Please send us your questions by email. Our Legislative Action Committee will review all comments and will select questions from the submitted sample.

Let us know what you would like to ask!

Submit a question in advance to be included in the conversation to:

Sponsored By: Citizens Bank

from Tuesday, December 1, 2009
07:30 AM
thru Tuesday, December 1, 2009
09:00 AM
Where: Holiday Inn Fishkill
Route 9
Fishkill, NY 12524
Registration: $20.00 Per Person

Cancellation Policy: Reservations that are not honored will be billed. Reservations MUST be canceled 24 hours prior to event
For more info: Karolyn Osborne
(845) 296-0001

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Comment by Ben Royce on November 19, 2009 at 7:36am
thanks ;-)

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