HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork)Metro-North Railroad is under new leadership.

Joseph Giulietti took over at the helm for Howard Permut at a time when the railroad is dealing with a number of issues.

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As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, Metro-North has seen deaths, derailments, collisions, stranded passengers and power outages in recent months. It has been the toughest year any railroad has endured, Schneidau reported.

Giulietti has worked 41 years in the railroad industry.

“We all need to look at challenges and opportunities that are coming and I do know that we have a lot of great people and it’ll be nice to get together with those people and work on some of the problems and be able to move this system forward,” he told Schneidau.

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He said his plan is to talk to the Metro-North team before diving into one area for improvements.

Giulietti comes to Metro-North from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority where he streamlined the Tri-Rail commuter system and doubled its ridership.

Permut had served as president of the railroad since 2008 and was an original member of the Metro-North team in 1983.

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