The State Senate approved Tom Prendergast as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at around 9:30 tonight.
Prendergrast has been acting chair since January and he was nominated in April by Cuomo to replace former MTA chair Joe Lhota who left to run for mayor.
Prendergrast previously worked as the head of New York City Transit and president of the Long Island Rail Road.
“Tom Prendergast has a proven track record of leadership and transportation expertise, especially when it comes to the managing the vast transportation network of the MTA,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “As Interim Executive Director, Tom was vital to the recovery of the MTA after Superstorm Sandy and he will continue to play a crucial role in making the MTA more modern, efficient and storm ready. I look forward to Tom’s continued success in running the nation’s largest transportation system.”
Transportation advocate Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign praised Prendergrast:
"Tom's decades of running transit systems makes him an outstanding pick to be the Chairman and CEO of the MTA," said Russianoff in a statement. "Throughout his time in New York, he's been responsive and accessible to us and our colleagues who work to represent the needs of transit riders