Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated a candidate for chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the public transportation organization that serves New York City and its northern suburbs.
Cuomo nominated Thomas Prendergast, who now serves as president of MTA New York City transit. Pending confirmation by the state Senate, Prendergast will replace Joseph Lhota, a Republican running for mayor of New York City.
Prendergast, who is currently serving as interim executive director, was highly recommended by an advisory committee of transportation experts, the governor’s office said Friday.
“Tom Prendergast is a consummate public transit leader who is the ideal candidate to oversee the nation’s largest transportation system,” Cuomo said in a statement. “From the track bed to the budget to modernizing our system for the 21st Century, I can’t imagine anyone having a better understanding of how the region’s vast system operates and the challenges that it faces.”
Prendergast was appointed president of MTA New York City Transit in November 2009 while he was serving as CEO at TransLink in Vancouver, B.C. A Chicago native with a systems engineering degree from the University of Illinois, Prendergast began his long career in transportation at the Chicago Transit Authority in 1975. Since then, he has worked in New York City, Washington, D.C., as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Asia.
“It is an incredible honor to be nominated to lead the largest transportation network in North America and to work with Governor Cuomo and his administration on the many challenges facing the MTA,” Prendergast said in a statement. “The MTA will improve the customer experience, operate more efficiently and build for the future.”