A Champion of Perks

In the highly publicized fight about M.T.A. board members who receive free E-ZPasses, David Mack–a vice chairman–emerged as the leading defender of the practice. "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?" he told reporters, before retreating from the position in the face of a backlash.

But for those familiar with Mack, his defense of plush benefits should come as no surprise. He gained some unflattering attention in 2004 for the perks he enjoyed as an honorary state trooper.

From a New York Times story published at the time:

David S. Mack – a big contributor to Gov. George E. Pataki whose brother Earle, a developer, flew Mr. Pataki and his wife to St. Barts on a private jet last year – drew scrutiny on Tuesday when The New York Post reported that as an honorary deputy superintendent of the state troopers since 1995, he often appears at official functions in full dress uniform.

Lt. Glenn Miner, a spokesman for the state police, said that Mr. Mack, whom Mr. Pataki made a commissioner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is the only honorary member of the force…"He’s allowed to use the uniform from time to time when attending official events."

A Champion of Perks