NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday he’s reappointing Thomas Prendergast as MTA chairman.

In a speech to the Association for a Better New York, Cuomo also said the federal government is also expected to approve a $1 billion loan to the MTA for a high-tech collision avoidance system, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

“It actually virtually eliminates over-speed incidents of trains as well as collisions and takes over in the event that the engineer, he or she doesn’t do their job,” Prendergast said.

It will take three years to install the system on the LIRR and Metro-North.

Also in his speech, noting that’s he’s going to have three daughters in college, Cuomo took aim at what many say is an epidemic on college campuses.

“The number of sexual assaults on women in colleges is staggering,” he said.

Cuomo also touted the state’s recent on-time budget agreement and outlined his priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

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