Ten days ago, I blogged about a possible MTA Bailout that was in the works according to a report in the New York Daily News. One of the potential parts of that bailout might have led to the ouster of CEO/Executive Director Elliot Sander. The potential bailout plan will not come to pass but the potential of Elliot being ousted is still possible. David Seifman & Tom Namako of the New York Post had more in this extremely brief report:
MTA chief Elliot Sander’s days could be numbered, and a leading candidate for his job is a close aide to Gov. Paterson who is a former top transit executive, sources told The Post.
Paterson’s senior adviser, Marc Shaw, could replace Sander after state lawmakers decide how or if to fix the agency’s $1.2 billion budget gap and reorganize its management, the sources said.
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As I wrote in that entry 10 days ago, I feel it would be a terrible mistake to let Elliot go at this point. He has done a solid job considering the hand dealt to him & he has earned more time to get the job done. He inherited a huge mess that will take years to fix. So replacing him with someone else will just push those efforts back. What I truly find to be ridiculous is the possible replacement.
How in the world would any sane person want to appoint someone from an old & unsuccessful regime? Seriously, this job needs to belong to someone capable such as Elliot & not a political friend. Enough is enough with the political games!
xoxo Transit Blogger