Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Little Good News on the MTA Front

According to The Chief-Leader, the civil employees' weekly (subscription only):
The three union and three rider representatives who had served as non-voting Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members have re-taken their seats after Governor Paterson failed to act on either reappointing or replacing them, triggering new terms under the law.

The Chief-Leader continues:
On March 3, Norman Brown, the legislative director of the New York State Council of Machinists, who had served on the board until last year, sat at the MTA table during a public hearing on budget cuts in Brooklyn. Andrew Albert, chairman of the NYC Transit Riders Council, sat at the board table at a similar hearing in The Bronx the same day.

"This all should have been done last July but it wasn't," Mr. Brown said of the reauthorizing of the bill, which expired Dec. 31. "I don't understand what the Governor would have gained by us not being on the board."


Gene Russianoff, the attorney for the Straphangers Campaign, said upon hearing the news last week, "Short response: Hallelujah."

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