MTA Big Shot Detained After Crossing Off-Limits Westchester County Dam

April 3, 2012 12:00 AM

MTA Big Shot Detained After Crossing Off-Limits Westchester County Dam
" BEDFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A powerful member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board was recently stopped for trespassing on city property. Police said an officer had to use “physical force” to detain millionaire businessman Andrew Saul, who claimed he had special privileges.

It was a conflict at the New York City-owned Cross River Reservoir in northern Westchester County. A man on a bike apparently ignored the sign on a barrier and rode across the top of the dam.

The man was Saul, the powerful chairman of the MTA Finance Committee, reports CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

That day on his bike Saul crossed paths with a city environmental police officer who told him he was trespassing. According to an incident report, “Saul refused to stop … so (the officer) used physical force to detain Saul.”

At one point Saul reportedly produced an MTA Police ID, identifying him as a “civilian commissioner.”

Saul was briefly detained, given a warning and released.

It is clear Saul felt the Department of Environmental Protection Police acted inappropriately "

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