Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the MTA's salvation by naming Joe Lhota as chairman and designated savior. Lhota got the MTA back on track after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when running our mass transit system was his full-time job.
But that's not true today. His full-time job is executive director of NYU/Langone Medical Center. Maybe that explains why he's only taking $1 a year for his MTA post.
The MTA needs an executive director to run daily operations, a post it's been trying to fill since Tom Pendergast resigned five months ago.
Cuomo also misled us about available funds to overhaul the MTA. The Empire Center, a public interest group, says New York State has $5 billion in cash from legal settlements paid by big banks for fraud and money laundering.
But rather than allocate that money to the MTA, our governor is spending it on upstate projects, like a new bridge named after his late father.
Our Assembly and State Senate members must demand that he redirect those funds to the MTA. If not, his 2018 re-election hopes are zero, or the same value as a Metrocard.
Kew Gardens Hills