Brooklyn Heights Resident is New MTA Head

Wall Street Journal

Joseph Lhota, appointed by Governor Cuomo as the new Chairman of the MTA, is a Brooklyn Heights resident.

The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, tapped Mr. Lhota, a 57-year-old Republican who lives in Brooklyn Heights, to run the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a giant agency with shaky finances that controls two commuter railroads, the New York subway and bus system and a host of bridges and tunnels.

Mr. Lhota’s appointment must be confirmed by the New York State Senate. If confirmed, he will take over the troubled agency, and join another Heights resident, David Yassky, Chair of the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, as a principal player in the City’s transportation scheme.

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  • Matthew Parker

    Maybe now the Clark Street elevators will be more reliable?

  • nabeguy

    Matthew, he’s a Republican, which means you’ll probably have to cut back to only using one.

  • Mr. T

    I pity this guy.

  • Dudeface

    Hope he takes the subway to work. Also: did they perform sufficient due diligence on this guy before hiring? Do they know he moonlights as host of Inside the Actor’s Studio? “I found the pace of the Second Avenue subway construction truly astonishing!”

  • Western Brooklyn


    You still have faith in the old Democrat/Republican & left/right paradigms?

  • Gerry

    @Nabeguy – like it or not the GOP is gaining momentum in all elections accross the Nation.

    It is because so many Americans are disapointed in President Obama’s lack of success in turning our poor economy around.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    What is the issue with the Clark Street elevators?
    I ride them frequently and see no problem with them.

  • Y

    We gave Bush 8 years to destroy the country but expect Obama to fix it in 3 years?

  • rob

    Gerry – your dreaming. With the possible runners from The GOP for POTUS , they are basically all insane in one form or another. Nobody is putting any of them in Office.Well maybe Michele Bachman]s gay husband has a shot-LOL

  • Mr. T

    Is Michele Bachman a rug-muncher? Seems some Repubs like to go that way.

  • Jorale-man

    Bringing it back to the top of the post… I do hope this job gives Lhota some perspective for how badly decayed our neighborhood’s subway stations are. Borough Hall is dank warren of grimy platforms, Clark Street is dark and gloomy, High Street has those canned “Have a Nice Day” escalators from the 80s. Let’s hope he’ll move these up the list for upgrades.

  • PromGal

    What vile ugly comments about Michele Bachman and her family. So inappropriate on a neighborhood site like BHB.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Sadly it won’t matter who is running the MTA if Albany won’t fund the system.

    The Assembly, Senate, and Governor need to pay more attention to mass transit.

    Check out:

  • AEB

    Yes, Prom Girl, one should be piously respectful of Ms. Bachmann and her husband! Very naughty of BH not to!

  • nabeguy

    Jeez, I make one political comment and the train comes off the rails. Western Brooklyn, I could care less about the right/left paradigms. I just want the elevators to go up/down on a regular basis.

  • Mr. T

    Prom Girl. Have you tried it? You might like it (lots of people do). It is a seasonal offering, not always vile.

  • nabeguy

    Enough Mr.T. Leave your puerile fantasies at the door, if you please.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    I agree with you regarding some of the mean spirited posts on the BHB. I sometimes wonder who exactly is posting here as I live in a large building with over 100 apartments and the views of my neighbors do not reflect some of the ugliness I have experienced while reading the BHB posts.

  • nabeguy

    Willow St. Neighbor’PromGal, this is a blog, not a finishing school. Things can get rough when the our right to free speech is let out of its cage. You are free to exercise your right to complain about it…or simply not read it.

  • Claude Scales

    I think I’ve seen Mr. Lhota around the neighborhood; then, again, it might have been Paul Giamatti. Come to think of it, has anyone seen them in the same place at the same time?

  • AEB

    Nor, Claude, have I seen Mr. Lhota and Great Wall in the same place at the same time.

    (OK, I know; but it’s been weeks without a BHB GW mention….)

  • nabeguy

    AEB, I hear there’s a movement afoot to Occupy Great Wall Street.

  • AEB

    …over the depleted bags of Tea Party-ists….

  • nabeguy

    AEB, the Tea Party has always been one of depleted bags. Why do you think Bachmann was so popular?

  • BH’er

    @Willow St Neighbor – really??? what’s wrong with the Clark St elevators??

    These things must have been transplanted from Rikers Island… they smell horrible, are poorly ventilated, incredibly slow and that whole passageway is a night time hazard for any young lady coming home late from work

    They could certainly do better

  • Quinn Raymond

    It would be nice if people at least made some effort to stick to the subject of the thread…

  • Quinn Raymond

    BTW, track work is affecting 15 lines this weekend… but if you guys want to talk about important stuff like Michelle Bachmann don’t let us stop you. Please, continue your fascinating and substantive discussion.

  • Gerry

    Prom Girl makes a vaild point yes this is a blog but manners and respect should be held on a blog — in Brooklyn Heights we do a a number of disrespectful White Trash they speak about things like rug munchers, etc, but as Americans they are permitted to be White Trash.

    We must tolerate all kinds here like them or not.

  • Claude Scales

    BH’er: I heard or read somewhere that the Clark Street elevators (I’m not making this up) were designed and built to carry flight crews from the briefing room to the hangar deck on an aircraft carrier.

  • EHinBH

    Woo-hooo! goodbye Obama! Bad experiment.