Gov. Paterson Expected To Nominate New MTA Leader

Late Sunday evening, I blogged about the New York Daily News’ exclusive report which indicated finance expert Jay Walder seemed to be Gov. Paterson’s top choice to run the beleaguered transit agency. In a followup story, Pete Donohue talks about how Gov. Paterson is expected to officially nominate Mr. Walder later today:

A transit executive who has held high-level posts in London and New York is expected to be nominated MTA chairman Tuesday by Gov. Paterson, sources told the Daily News.

Paterson is slated to announce Jay Walder as his choice to run the nation’s largest bus, subway and commuter train system, sources said.

The appointment must be approved by the state Senate, which reconvenes tomorrow but may soon break for the rest of the summer.

The News exclusively reported Saturday Walder had emerged as the top candidate for the newly merged positions of chairman and chief executive officer.

“He’s a good guy, a straight shooter,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney with the Straphangers Campaign.

Walder, 48, worked at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 1983 to 1995, rising to chief financial officer and executive director. During his stint, he was on a fare policy task force that did the groundwork for the MTA’s termination of two-fare zones, Russianoff said.

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My thoughts on this can be found in the previous entry I linked to in the opening paragraph.

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