Joseph Lhota Returns as MTA Chairman

The New York Times reports, “Joseph J. Lhota, who led the Metropolitan Transportation Authority under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo before leaving for a failed mayoral run in 2013, has been chosen by the governor to return as chairman. The surprise, after-hours announcement was approved late on Wednesday [June 21] by the State Senate after its Finance Committee voiced its support at an impromptu meeting in the Capitol. . . .” The article adds that the appointment comes after a week in which the governor attempted to gain more control over MTA’s board.

The New York State Senate confirmed seven MTA board nominees earlier this week, including Scott Rechler, a Cuomo pick, who previously served as vice chairman of the Port Authority board.