Leader of New York MTA resigns, vice chairman takes over

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Lhota has resigned as chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer has been named the acting chairman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

Lhota, 64, was appointed chairman last year amid increasing problems on the city's aging subway system.

"Joe Lhota has dedicated decades of his life to public service culminating in two tours of duty at the helm of the MTA," Cuomo said in a statement. "He stabilized the subway system, appointed a new leadership structure to completely overhaul the MTA, and led with a steady hand during some of the agency's most challenging moments."

Lhota said that in September, the number of train delays fell to the lowest point since February 2016. "There is still a long way to go to achieve the performance that New Yorkers demand and deserve," he added.

Lhota previously headed the MTA from October 2011 to December 2012. He was praised for his handling of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, when the subway system sustained $5 billion in damage.

He resigned for an unsuccessful run for New York City mayor against Bill de Blasio.

Questions about potential conflicts were raised during his second MTA stint, when Lhota continued serving as chief of staff at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where his duties included lobbying, according to The Wall Street Journal . At the MTA, he had a token salary of $1.

"When I agreed to return to the MTA it was with the understanding that I would maintain my private sector positions and delegate day-to-day responsibility to a new team," Lhota said on Friday. "Accordingly, I created the Office of the Chairman for the purpose of managing the MTA."

Lhota said in October that he had not considered leaving the post. "My term ends on June 10, 2021," he said.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Multiple people hospitalized when car runs stop sign, hits trolley bus

    Police: Multiple people hospitalized when car runs stop sign, hits trolley bus

    Sunday, May 19 2019 10:14 PM EDT2019-05-20 02:14:43 GMT
    Suffolk police say multiple people were hospitalized when a car ran a stop sign and crashed into a trolley bus that was heading to a wedding.
    Suffolk police say multiple people were hospitalized when a car ran a stop sign and crashed into a trolley bus that was heading to a wedding.
  • Poll: Game of Thrones Finale

    Poll: Game of Thrones Finale

    Monday, May 20 2019 4:54 AM EDT2019-05-20 08:54:03 GMT
    Poll: Who will die this week on ‘Game of Thrones?’Poll: Who will die this week on ‘Game of Thrones?’
    Poll: Who will die this week on ‘Game of Thrones?’Poll: Who will die this week on ‘Game of Thrones?’
    After eight years, and many deaths, HBO's "Game of Thrones" is finally over. Are you satisfied with the ending?
    After eight years, and many deaths, HBO's "Game of Thrones" is finally over. Are you satisfied with the ending?
  • Mind Game Monday: Aladdin

    Mind Game Monday: Aladdin

    Monday, May 20 2019 4:53 AM EDT2019-05-20 08:53:00 GMT
    How much do you know about Aladdin?How much do you know about Aladdin?
    How much do you know about Aladdin?How much do you know about Aladdin?
    The live-action Disney classic Aladdin hits theaters May 24. But how much do you know about the lovable street rat and his genie sidekick?
    The live-action Disney classic Aladdin hits theaters May 24. But how much do you know about the lovable street rat and his genie sidekick?
  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Dog Day Fridays for May 17

    Dog Day Fridays for May 17

    Friday, May 17 2019 11:13 AM EDT2019-05-17 15:13:26 GMT
    Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.
    Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.Scruff is a cute little girl looking for love! This shaggy dog came from Puerto Rico and is ready for a whole new life. She would do well in a home with other dogs, children of any age, and can even live amongst cats.
    This week's pets are up for adoption at Southampton Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays. Their phone number is 631-728-7387.
    This week's pets are up for adoption at Southampton Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 102 Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays. Their phone number is 631-728-7387.
  • 2019 PGA Championship Photos

    2019 PGA Championship Photos

    Are you attending the PGA Championship?  News 12 wants to see your photos!
    Are you attending the PGA Championship?  News 12 wants to see your photos!
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."