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MTA Chairman Joe Lhota resigns

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MTA Chairman Joe Lhota has resigned, the Wall Road Journal reviews, and MTA Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer will step up as performing chairman of the transportation authority’s board.

The transfer marks a changeup in officers as Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares for his third time period.

Cuomo appointed Lhota, 64, chairman of the MTA in June 2017, permitting Lhota to return to the transportation authority place he beforehand held from January to December 2012.

A state official instructed WSJ that Cuomo’s staff, together with the MTA, will instantly search for a brand new chairman

What did Joe Lhota do for the MTA?

Whereas helming the MTA, Lhota stored his job as chief of employees at NYU Langone Well being. Lhota then took one other exterior job in December as a paid board member for Madison Sq. Backyard, placing him underneath hearth by the state ethics fee.

Lhota largely delegated a lot of the day-to-day MTA duties to President Patrick Foye and managing director Veronique Hakim, in response to WSJ, and by no means took the $1 a 12 months chairman compensation he was supplied.

Lhota got here again to the MTA after the transportation authority obtained harsh criticisms for rampant, rising delays. In June 2017, Cuomo had declared a state of emergency for the MTA following commuting chaos.

Lhota kicked off his return by requesting funding from New York Metropolis Corridor for the subways after which introduced a two-part motion plan meant to repair the beleaguered, 113-year-old subway system inside one 12 months.

By Feb. 2018, the MTA subway motion plan did make average enhancements, amongst them a “drop in main service disruptions.” There have been 50 main weekday points in Dec. 2017, in response to information closest to the half-way mark of the motion plan.

In Aug. 2018, solely at some point inside the month’s 23 whole morning rush hours was freed from sign or mechanical points. 

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