Thursday, December 20, 2012
MTA boss running for mayor
MTA chief Joe Lhota plans to announce Friday he is stepping down to run for New York City mayor as a Republican, a state government source said Tuesday.
Lhota, who was deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, has been lauded for leading the restoration of the transit system after Superstorm Sandy.
He was appointed to the MTA post Jan. 4, at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's recommendation. His term was to expire June 2015.
By law, Lhota cannot run for mayor while holding the chairman position.
MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg declined to comment. Lhota did not answer a phone call.
The source said Lhota will finish the year with the MTA.