Joe Lhota resigns as chairman
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.