MTA conductor dies of coronavirus, union says

Posted: 8:56 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 21:41:01-04
Peter Petrassi

NEW YORK — An MTA conductor died of coronavirus, officials said Thursday.

Peter Petrassi worked in transit for 20 years, most recently in Long Island City, according to the MTA. Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano called on the MTA to provide masks to transit workers.

"Conductor Petrassi’s passing is a line-of-duty death just as if he had been killed on the job in any number of ways that have struck down transit workers in years past," he said in an emailed statement. "The MTA must NOW provide masks to front-line transit workers. Otherwise, the moment is rapidly approaching where bus and subway workers will do what is necessary to protect themselves and their families. Dedication and duty does not mean using transit workers as cannon fodder."

Interim NYC Transit President Sarah Feinberg called Petrassi a vital member of the team and a valued friend.

“Our hearts are absolutely broken," she said. "We are honored to have worked with him, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. We will find a way for his friends and colleagues to honor and pay tribute to his life and his work in the days to come."