Cuomo stalling
May 20, 2020 | 2710 views | 0 0 comments | 371 371 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board is made up of 17 voting members.

Their votes impact how the $51 billion MTA 2020-2024 Five-Year Capital Program spending priorities, contract awards, fares and service operations are determined.

This effects millions of New Yorkers who ride buses, subways, and the Long Island Railroad, to name a few.

Governor Andrew Cuomo nominates six of those board members. He names the board chair and CEO. In reality, he controls the MTA.

De Blasio nominates four board members, while county executives from Nassau, Suffolk, and Putnam counties each nominate one. Westchester, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties share one vote.

New York City currently has only two of its four votes due to vacancies. Veronica Vanterpool and Carl Weisbrod resigned earlier this year.

De Blasio nominated Department of Aging commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez and Victor Calise of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities to replace them.

Why hasn't Cuomo allowed de Blasio's two nominations to go forward? New York City deserves four full-time votes on the MTA Board.

As a result of his inaction, eight million city residents continue to be left out in the cold when it comes to MTA management.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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