New York Gov. Cuomo names Lhota MTA chairman

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New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph J. Lhota
Joseph M. Calisi
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says Joseph J. Lhota will serve as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In his new role, Lhota will manage the agency’s executive management team and oversee all aspects of the city’s transit operations, according to a MTA news release.

As chairman, Lhota will receive a salary of $1 per year, and delegate CEO duties to a permanent executive officer, a position for which the search is ongoing.

Cuomo says Lhota will address several of the biggest challenges facing the transit system, including ongoing infrastructure issues related to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and other service issues that cause daily frustrations among commuters.

Lhota previously served as chairman of the board and CEO for the agency. Prior to joining the MTA, he served as the New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations where he oversaw day-to-day management of the city and its agencies. He’s also served as city budget director, and other roles in management and planning.

Previous veteran MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast retired from the top position at the end of January.

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