The unexpected resignation of Jay Walder as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to go to his well-used playbook: form a committee of various interests to solve the problem.
Cuomo announced today the creation of an MTA Search Advisory Committee to recommend the next chairman and CEO of the MTA, which provides transit services to New York City and its suburbs, including Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.
Walder surprisingly announced last month that he’ll resign in October after nearly two years on the job to head the transit system in Hong Kong. The New York Times reported that last month that Walder’s decision was in part due to a strained relationship with Cuomo.
“This committee will help conduct a national and international search to find and recommend the most talented candidates for the next chairman of the MTA,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I am committed to appointing a new chairman who will put straphangers first and who will continue to reform the MTA by reducing costs and waste, while improving efficiency and service.”
The advisory committee includes business and union leaders and close allies of Cuomo.
The members of the committee will be:
— Vincent Alvarez, President, New York City Central Labor Council
— Lillian Borrone, Board Chair, Eno Transportation Foundation
— Stanley Brezenoff, President and CEO, Continuum Health Partners
— Mary Ann Crotty, Former Director of State Operations
— Beverly Dolinsky, Former Executive Director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee
— Mortimer Downey, Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Transportation
— Fernando Ferrer, Board Member, MTA
— Howard Glaser, Director of State Operations
— Sidney Holmes, Partner, Winston Strawn LLP
— Denis Hughes, President, New York State AFL-CIO
— William Longhi, President & CEO, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
— Mitchell Moss, Director, Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management
— Richard Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor of New York
— Bill Rudin, Chairman, Association for a Better NY
— Gene Russianoff, Senior Attorney, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
— Desmond Ryan, Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island
— Thomas Schwarz, President, SUNY Purchase
— Rodney Slater, Partner, Patton Boggs
— Robert Steel, Deputy New York City Mayor for Economic Development
— Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association