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Transit Union Lampoons MTA Chairman Jay Walder With Phony French Postcards

By Michael P. Ventura | August 18, 2010 12:50pm

By Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — MTA Chairman Jay Walder is living it up in France, or so says fake postcards distributed to straphangers by transit workers.

The front of the card shows a mock-up of Walder on the French Rivera. The back contains a phony message for subway riders from his summer getaway.

"Heard the weather's real hot and humid back in New York and that you're packed like sardines on the trains and buses because of all the service cuts," the postcard reads. "I know there'll be a big spike in crime too because I fired all those Station Agents.

"Oh well, c'est la vie."

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 told the Daily News it plans to distribute 10,000 cards to riders.

"I personally believe that transit riders are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that their mass transit has been hijacked by millionaires," Local 100 President John Samuelsen told the News.

An MTA spokesman declined to comment on the cards.

Walder owns a house in the Pyrenees in France, as well as a $1.6 million condo on the Upper West Side, the News reported

"Don't miss me too much," the card read. "I'll be back in plenty of time to push through the fare hikes."