Nicole Malliotakis

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Assemblywoman Says SI Was Forgotten In MTA Reorganization

April 25, 2019 - 3:27 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Staten Islanders say they have been lost in the shuffle in a reorganization of the MTA’s board of directors.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis notes that Staten Island had a voice on the MTA board for decades, but in the reorganization of the MTA, the representative lost their seat.

She says that leaves Staten Island in a vulnerable position to be neglected by the transit agency.

“We are a county within the MTA service territory just like every other county,” said Malliotakis.

However, there is nothing in the MTA bylaws that states there must be a Staten Island representative on the board of directors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest appointments come from all the other boroughs.

“We don't have a voice. And in fact, we're the only borough and county, within the 12 county MTA category, that does not have a voice on the MTA board, and that is unacceptable,” the assemblywoman said.

Malliotakis wants a resident of her borough to be appointed at the next available opportunity.

Meanwhile, she is introducing new legislation that would require the board of directors to have a representative from all 12 counties.

If passed, the bill would “give the mayor an additional appointment so he will have five appointments and then require that each of those five appointments reflect the five boroughs of New York City.”

This is a safeguard, she says, should this happen to other boroughs in the future.