Officially, Lhota Resigns From MTA To Explore Mayoral Bid


MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, whose political stock received a boost from the authority’s quick work restoring service following Superstorm Sandy, will resign on Dec. 31 to explore a bid for mayor of New York City.

Lhota, a Republican who once served as Rudy Giuliani’s deputy mayor, was appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to run the MTA. But the state public officers law prevented him from pursuing a political campaign while remaining chairman.

“I will be exploring a potential candidacy for Mayor of New York City,” Lhota said in a statement. “This will be a life-defining decision and one that I will be seriously considering in the upcoming weeks.”

Lhota said he will make his decision by early January and won’t comment further until then.

“It has been a privilege to serve this Governor, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity he gave me to serve the people of the great State of New York,” he said. “I also want to express my gratitude to the entire MTA workforce that worked so hard on behalf of all New Yorkers in bringing our vital transportation system back after Superstorm Sandy.”

Lhota Resignation Letter


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  1. Well Joe we hate to see you go, but did Andrew “Cesare” Cuomo give you a “PUSH” ?

    Where are you going to find a David Garth ?

    Does the GOP even have one ?

    Which one of the “BRAINS” that ran Rudy’s White House run will you pick ?

    Better yet which GOP Brain that ran the state-wide races will you pick ?

    Sad fact no one in the GOP has any idead how to elect the next Mayor of New York City as a Republican.

    So I say Run Donald Run, but I guess he is to busy playing Golf.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Bloomberg is already working on getting another term rammed through the council if he has to pay each member a sweetheart deal for their district or for their cousins….you think this is not happening?