MTA chairman slams ‘jackass’ worker who was caught ‘rioting at the U.S. Capitol and calling COVID-19 a hoax on TikTok’ as he is suspended from his $75,000-a-year job without pay
- Steven Rosati, 28, was pictured wearing a 1776 sweatshirt at the U.S. Capitol
- The assistant train conductor was also pictured appearing to make the ‘OK’ hand gesture that some say has become a symbol for white power
- He also allegedly posted videos to social media in which he allegedly harassed coworkers waiting in line to get tested for COVID-19 and called the virus a hoax
- He was initially suspended with pay until more evidence was revealed
- The MTA is investigating another man who may have traveled to the Capitol with Rosati
MTA chairman Pate Foye slammed an assistant train conductor in New York as a ‘jackass’ and said he has been suspended without pay after he was caught allegedly rioting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Steven Rosati, 28, who earned $75,047 in 2019, also posted on social media where he told people the coronavirus is a hoax and harasses fellow MTA employees waiting in line to get tested, the New York Post reported.
‘What he said on social media is outrageous, despicable and a sign he’s a jackass,’ MTA chairman Pat Foye said at a news conference.
‘His conduct at the Capitol ought to be investigated and is being investigated.’
Steven Rosati, 28, was allegedly pictured making the white power hand symbol
The LIRR worker was spotted at the U.S. Capitol by activists on Twitter who reported him to the MTA
The MTA initially suspended Rosati with pay but chose to withhold it after uncovering more evidence against him, the New York Daily News reported.
The transit worker was pictured on the Capitol steps wearing a black sweatshirt with text 1776 on it, a reference to the American Revolution, reportedly made by a T-shirt company he runs with a Long Island Rail Road co-worker.
Rosati reportedly revealed his plan to join the mob in two TikTok posts beforehand, saying ‘the Deep State needs to be broken up,’ according to the New York Post.
‘It is now that time. Donald J. Trump has one month to do this,’ he allegedly said in a video.
He allegedly vowed to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as the winner of November’s election, according to Daily Voice.
Trump supporters storm the Capitol building January 6
The MTA is reportedly investigating another employee who traveled with Rosati to DC
A third MTA worker, 31-year-old Will Pepe, was arrested January 12
An MTA source told the Post that the agency is still investigating another LIRR worker who may have traveled to DC with Rosati.
A third MTA worker, 31-year-old Will Pepe, has been suspended from his job at Metro-North’s Brewster rail yard in upstate New York and the agency intends to fire him for his role in the riots, it was revealed last week.
Pepe, 31, from Beacon, New York, was arrested January 12 and has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building.
He faces a year in jail if convicted of the felony offense.
A New York City sanitation department worker was arrested on Thursday after he was pictured photographed carrying a Trump flag into the U.S. Capitol while wearing a blue hooded QAnon conspiracy theory sweatshirt.
Brooklyn resident Dominick Dennis Madden, 43, was charged with unlawfully entered the Capitol building and disorderly conduct.