Man tries to throw shoe at MTA chief over fare hike
Another attempted shoeing has occurred.
This time, it was at the MTA board meeting where a vote was to take place to jack up subway and bus fares by an astounding 23 percent.
An impassioned rider reached for his shoe and yelled "This shoe is for you!" at MTA chief Elliot Sander during the Wednesday morning meeting.Shouting "You made $300,000 last year and this shoe is for you!," Stephen Millies, 54, of Jackson Heights, was trying to remove his shoe when security stopped him and took him out of the meeting, Newsday reported.
The move was an apparent reference to an incident Sunday at a news conference in Baghdad in which President George W. Bush ducked two shoes hurled at him by an Iraqi journalist who shouted at Bush in Arabic.
Millies, who wore Red Wing, size 10 1/2 D, was issued a summons for disorderly conduct and released, MTA officials said.
He was among nearly two dozen transit riders, MTA employees and elected officials who addressed the MTA board before it took its vote.
- Alfonso A. Castillo and Sophia Chang/Newsday