A subway supervisor has been accused of directing his subordinates to install a Tesla charging hub for his own vehicle at work — and using an MTA credit card to pay for the materials, a labor leader revealed on Wednesday.
TWU International President John Samuelsen said during the agency’s board meeting that the MTA’s inspector general is investigating allegations that on-the-clock workers allegedly installed the hub at the Lindon track shop for the supervisor — and griped that the boss has not yet been punished and the probe has not been publicized.
“In August of 2020, you sent investigators to Linden shop in Brooklyn regarding the unauthorized installation of a Tesla charging device by supervisors at Linden shop,” he said to Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny.
Samuelsen has previously accused Pokorny and transit leadership of overreacting to allegations that seven track workers from the same hop neglected inspections and lied about it on official forms.
“It’s curious to me that every time there’s an hourly worker involved, you demand restitution, you demand recoupment, you demand discipline, you recommend dismissal,” Samuelsen said to the former federal prosecutor.
“The Tesla charging station didn’t build itself in Linden, yet nothing was done about it.”
Pokorny declined to discuss the probe because the accused employees are still undergoing disciplinary hearings over the allegations, she said. NYCT boss Sarah Feinberg told board members she was not yet aware of the investigation.
Linden shop workers corroborated the Tesla claim — saying that the device was installed at the behest of a supervisor to use for his personal car.
“That plug — they had the electricians on overtime. Paid them overtime to install a Tesla plug for his personal vehicle,” one worker told The Post last year on the condition of anonymity.
Pokorny’s office declined to provide additional details.
“As the matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation and audit by our office, we cannot comment further,” a spokesman said in a statement. “We ask that if anyone has additional information that may be helpful, please contact us.”
An MTA spokesman said: “Any theft of MTA resources would constitute a violation of MTA policy and law, and will not be tolerated.
“We are cooperating fully with the Inspector General’s ongoing investigation and have been for months, and will be guided by the facts when determining any appropriate disciplinary action. In the meantime, we also will not be bullied into ignoring or otherwise turning our backs on significant safety issues as they arise,” said the rep, Shams Tarek.