Cuomo Taps Lhota to Chair MTA
October 20th, 2011
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped Joe Lhota to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority following Jay Walder’s departure. Lhota, a former top Giuliani aide was rumored to be Cuomo’s top pick for months. Lhota is currently the executive vice president for Madison Square Garden Inc..
“I am pleased to accept the recommendation of the extraordinary search committee and nominate Joe Lhota to be the next chairman and CEO of the MTA,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Joe Lhota brings one-of-a-kind managerial, government, and private sector experience to the job and a lifelong commitment to public service that will benefit all straphangers. I look forward to working together as we continue to reform the MTA, reduce costs, and improve service for New Yorkers. I thank the members of the MTA Search Advisory Committee for their diligent work and thorough review.”
Transportation advocates warn that Lhota will face a serious budget gap and must keep riders in mind while facing financial challenges.
“To succeed, Joseph Lhota must continue Jay Walder’s commitment to transit riders,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives in a statement. “With the MTA facing a $9.9 billion gap in its capital budget, New Yorkers want an MTA Chair will ensure that elected officials increase the funding needed to maintain the public transit system and prevent further fare hikes and service cuts.”By David King on October 20, 2011, 2:09 pm
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