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Cuomo nominates new MTA chairman

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:56 pm | Updated: 2:32 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Gov. Cuomo has nominated a former deputy mayor for the positions of chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Joseph Lhota, who served as deputy mayor for operations and budget director under Rudolph Giuliani, was tapped by Cuomo on Thursday. He was the recommendation of the governor’s MTA search committee, and currently serves as an executive vice president  for The Madison Square Garden Co.

The MTA operates New York City’s buses and subways, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North, and several bridges.

Lhota will replace Jay Walder, who is leaving for a position with the transportation system in Hong Kong. He is expected to step in as interim chairman by the middle of November, and must be confirmed by the state Senate.

On Wednesday, Cuomo tapped Patrick Foye to serve as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He will replace Christopher Ward upon approval by the PA board. Cuomo also appointed James Rubin and Rossana Rosado to the PA board.

The Port Authority operates Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, Hudson River bridges and tunnels and the former site of the World Trade Center.

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