Last month, it was reported that MTA Chairman Jay Walder had purchased a $1.6 million condo at Central Park West and 96th Street. The three-bedroom abode is near five subways (the B/C and 1/2/3), not to mention a number of buses, which makes it easy for Transit Workers Union members to protest! TWU Local 100 president John Samuelson told the Daily News that Walder's pricey home, high salary and vacation home in France "demonstrates he's a rich elitist completely out of touch with New York City transit workers and riders."

Walder, a former London Underground executive and McKinsey consultant, makes $350,000/year. Even though Walder's had a middle-class upbringing when compared with previous MTA chairmen (hello, Peter Kalikow), Samuelson tells the News, "How many transit workers or riders are able to vacation in the South of France and can buy a condo on Central Park West?" The News adds, "The TWU also has asked Paris transit leaders to demonstrate at Walder's stone house in the rolling French countryside."

Walder only said that the impending layoffs of hundreds of station agents were "extremely painful," and sympathized, "They all have families. They all have lives." Of course, he's also criticized union work rules in the past as being "shameful."