Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, via a story in the Wall Street Journal, that he had elevated interim M.T.A. executive director Thomas Prendergast to chairman and C.E.O., ending more than three months of rudderlessness at the top of the sprawling transportation authority.
This was the week that Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has historically avoided mass transit in New York City, took ownership of the M.T.A.
"He's made it clear to all New Yorkers if there was any question," said Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, adding, "It's been abundantly clear this week."(1)
Joe Lhota, the not-so-new keeper of New York City’s subways and buses, has said that the success of his tenure as chairman of the M.T.A. should be measured by his ability to change its reputation from bad to good. Only then, he argues, will legislators fund it properly.
Andrew Cuomo says he's relieved, now that the federal government has approved the state's still-amorphous plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced during his regular Friday morning radio appearance that the city's much-touted, long-awaited bike share program, which had originally been scheduled to debut in July, would instead launch in spring 2013 thanks to a frequently cited, but never fully explained, problem with its "software."(2)