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This week, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota officially announced he would resign from his post, to explore a run for mayor of New York City.Lhota’s successor, Fernando Ferrer, will have to manage the MTA in the midst of a crisis.
The public transportation system, which serves more than 8 million people every day, is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, and a fare hike set to take effect in a few months.
Ferrer does not relish the prospect. Asked by Capital if he wanted to replace Lhota, he said, “No.”
He also said, “I hope I won’t be leading very long.”
Ferrer is a former Bronx borough president, mayoral candidate, and current MTA board member. In the wake of Lhota’s announcement, the board voted to make him vice-chair, so he will take over as chairman once Lhota leaves the post on December 31.
He will likely serve until Governor Andrew Cuomo appoints a permanent replacement.