NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated an experienced New York City transit executive to be the next chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Cuomo nominated Thomas F. Prendergast on Friday. The nomination is subject to approval by the state Senate.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie's Remains Found In Florida Nature Reserve, Officials Say
Starting in 2009, Prendergast was the MTA’s president of New York City Transit, which runs the bus and subway systems. He’s been the interim executive director of the MTA since Jan. 1.
Cuomo called him “a consummate public transit leader” and “the ideal candidate to oversee the nation’s largest transportation system.”READ MORE: Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer And Injured Director On "Rust" Movie Set
“From the track bed to the budget to modernizing our system for the 21st Century, I can’t imagine anyone having a better understanding of how the region’s vast system operates and the challenges that it faces,” Cuomo said.
The Straphangers’ Campaign supports the nomination. It called Prendergast “accessible, knowledgable, smart and fair.”
Cuomo didn’t initially release the chairman’s salary. Joseph Lhota was previously paid about $300,000 a year.MORE NEWS: Man Taken Into Custody After Shooting Just Steps Away From Bronx School
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