Saturday, October 22, 2011

Transportation Chair James Vacca Statement on New MTA Chair, Joseph Lhota

We have a new chair of our Transportation system. His name is Joseph Lhota and he has Bronx roots. Councilman NYC Councilman James Vacca released the following press release related to the recent appointment made by Governor Cuomo. Hopefully or new MTA Chair will use his working class upbringing to help understand and then protect the interest of average New Yorkers. Good luck to Mr. Lhota in his new appointment.


Transportation Chair James Vacca Statement on New MTA Chair, Joseph Lhota

CITY HALL ― New York City Council Transportation Chair James Vacca today released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s appointment of Joseph Lhota as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority:

The MTA will face a number of challenges in the years ahead, from preserving service for straphangers to completing many of the mega-projects across the city, all under the threat of further budget cuts. “This is one of the most difficult jobs in the country,” Vacca said. “Joe Lhota’s successes as a Deputy Mayor for Operations and City Budget Director mean that he has the expertise and leadership needed to weather the storm ahead.”

“I heard from Mr. Lhota today and was encouraged by his enthusiasm and also by the fact that he has roots in the outer boroughs. When I learned that he grew up in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, in my district, I must confess feeling a sense of relief. This is not an out-of-towner. Mr. Lhota knows New York, he knows the transit system, and he knows the particular needs of folks in the outer reaches of the city. I look forward to working with him to improve service for all residents of this city.”

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