Joe Lhota Resigns As MTA Chairman

November 09, 2018 - 1:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Joe Lhota has stepped down as the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Lhota to his second stint as chairman last June. He previously held the position in 2012.

Lhota, 64, returned to the MTA when it was in crisis. His goal was to get the agency back on track but with problems persisting he announced he is resigning, effective immeditely. The announcement comes three days after Cuomo was reelected to a third term.

The governor reacted to the news on Twitter writing, "Joe Lhota has dedicated decades of his life to public service culminating in two tours of duty at the helm of the MTA. He stabilized the subway system, appointed a new leadership structure, and led with a steady hand during some of the agency’s most challenging moments."

Cuomo added, "In short, Joe demonstrated time and again why he was the right person for the job. I am deeply grateful for his service to the State of New York."

Asked about the resignation on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show," Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "The bottom line here is there's clearly a lot of leaders at the MTA who can carry forward the work but no one is going to be able to get the work done of fixing our subways and busses if we don't have a permanent funding source."

Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer will be taking over in the interim.

De Blasio said Ferrer is a "very good public servant" and "will have the ability to keep the MTA moving forward; he knows New York City like the back of his hand."

In a statement, the MTA said, "While Joe may be departing our relentless focus on our customers remains unchanged."