Gov. Cuomo Announces Current Interim Director To Move Into Big Role

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Senate has confirmed Thomas Prendergast as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the confirmation Thursday night.

Since January, Prendergast had served as the MTA interim executive director. He succeeded Joseph Lhota, a Republican who resigned from the position to run for mayor of New York City.

Prendergast said in a statement the MTA faces challenges, such as improving service and rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy.

Prendergast has been CEO at TransLink in Vancouver, B.C., and began his career with the Chicago Transit Authority. He’s also worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

He spent more than three years as president of MTA New York City Transit and six years as president of the Long Island Rail Road.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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