MTA's Joe Lhota to resign; expected to run for mayor - New York News

MTA's Joe Lhota to resign; expected to run for mayor

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

UPDATE: Joseph Lhota, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will resign at the end of the year, according to a statement from the MTA.

Lhota has submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His resignation is effective at the end of the day on December 31, 2012.

The former deputy mayor will have officially served as chairman and CEO for less than a year. Cuomo appointed him in October 2011, he assumed leadership duties as executive director on November 14, 2011, and was confirmed by the Senate as chairman and CEO on January 9, 2012.

Lhota, a Republican, is expected to run for mayor in 2013.

The New York Times on Tuesday first reported Lhota's plans.

The MTA board voted to elevate member Fernando Ferrer to vice chairman. When Lhota steps down, Ferrer, a former Bronx borough president, will assume the duties of acting chairman of the board until the Senate confirms the governor's nominee.

---

EARLIER REPORT: MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota guided the agency through Superstorm Sandy, the worst natural disaster in New York City's transit history. He was praised for getting subways and buses back up and running within one week after the storm.

Now Lhota is stepping down to run for mayor, according to a New York Times report.

Lhota has already notified Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed him to his current post just over a year ago. He is expected to officially resign Friday and then put in his bid as the Republican candidate.

But some say he could have a tough go of it because democrats outnumber republicans more than 6-to-1 in New York City. With that said, the mayoral seat has not been filled by a Democrat for 18 years.

A former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, Lhota, 57, and his agency received high marks after sandy. A Qunnipiac poll shows that 75 percent of voters described the MTA's storm response as "excellent" or "good."

Before taking over the MTA, Lhota was executive vice president for the Madison Square Garden Company.

  • TrafficMore>>

  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:32:13 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:06:51 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Dispute over reclining seat on another flight

    Dispute over reclining seat on another flight

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:54:18 GMT
    A Delta Air Lines flight from La Guardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat. Delta reportedly says the flight was diverted Monday night when a woman got into an argument with a passenger behind her when the woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table.
    A Delta Air Lines flight from La Guardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat. Delta reportedly says the flight was diverted Monday night when a woman got into an argument with a passenger behind her when the woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table.
  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:54:40 GMT
    Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. 
    Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. 
  • Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:06:06 GMT
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
  • Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:28:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices