Joe Lhota re­signs as chair­man

Connecticut Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Joe Lhota has re­signed as chair­man of New York’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­ity and Vice Chair­man Fer­nando Fer­rer has been named the act­ing chair­man, Gov. Andrew Cuomo an­nounced Fri­day.

Lhota, 64, was ap­pointed chair­man last year amid in­creas­ing prob­lems on the city’s ag­ing sub­way sys­tem.

“Joe Lhota has ded­i­cated decades of his life to pub­lic ser­vice cul­mi­nat­ing in two tours of duty at the helm of the MTA,” Cuomo said in a state­ment. “He sta­bi­lized the sub­way sys­tem, ap­pointed a new lead­er­ship struc­ture to com­pletely over­haul the MTA, and led with a steady hand dur­ing some of the agency’s most chal­leng­ing mo­ments.”

Lhota said that in Septem­ber the num­ber of train de­lays fell to the low­est point since Fe­bru­ary 2016.

Lhota pre­vi­ously headed the MTA from Oc­to­ber 2011 to December 2012. He was praised for his han­dling of the re­cov­ery from Su­per­storm Sandy in Oc­to­ber 2012, when the sub­way sys­tem sus­tained $5 bil­lion in dam­age.

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