Earlier today, the MTA officially appointed Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena Williams as the MTA’s interim CEO/Executive Director. This was a story I first blogged about 6 days ago when the MTA first made the announcement pending board approval. New York 1 filed this brief report:
Helena Williams was formally appointed as the MTA’s interim executive director Wednesday, three weeks after Lee Sander submitted his resignation.
Williams is the president of the Long Island Rail Road, and will continue to handle those duties as well. She would not speculate on whether she’s a candidate for the permanent post.
“The governor has a selection process in place, and it’s his prerogative. Wherever it takes us, it takes us,” said Williams.
Meanwhile, MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger says he may stay on longer than expected. Under the recently passed state bailout, Hemmerdinger’s term expires next month, and says Governor David Paterson has asked him to stay on until a replacement has been named.
Click here for the complete report.
My feelings on Helena’s appointment can be found in the thread I linked to earlier. I still stand my those feelings & wish she would be legitimately considered as a replacement for the recently resigned Elliot Sander. She deserves better than the interim tag that the agency is forced to provide her.
xoxo Transit Blogger