A Long Island Rail Road conductor has been suspended without pay as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority investigates whether he was involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building.
MTA Chairman Pat Foye condemned the alleged actions after social media posts identified a photo of a man at the riot as Steven Rosati, who is an assistant conductor with the LIRR since June 2018.
“What he’s said on social media is outrageous, despicable and the sign he’s a jackass,” Foye said at an MTA press conference on Thursday. “His conduct at the Capitol ought to be investigated, and is being investigated.”
LIRR President Phil Eng confirmed that an investigation will take place.
“We are investigating the actions in accordance with the CBA,” Eng said. “The employee has been relieved of his duties while we are conducting this investigation. That’s all I’m really going to say right now while we do this.”
Whether or not Rosati was involved in the attack on the Capitol Building, which shocked the nation while resulting in the deaths of five, a cop included, was not immediately clear.
A Twitter account claiming to represent Antifa members in New York City attempted to dox Rosati by giving away the Instagram page for his podcast known as the Unfiltered Conservative. The page seems to have been removed.
“Steve Rosati is a Far Right wackjob who goes by “Unfiltered Conservative” on social media, and he’s also an Assistant Conductor with the @LIRR. He was in DC at the Capitol on 1/6 and was also one of the main organizers of the aborted 1/10 action in NYC,” the Twitter account posted on Jan. 19.
The posts include photos of a man wearing a sweatshirt that reads “F**K ANTIFA” and holding a megaphone.
-With Mark Hallum
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