Cuomo fills MTA leader post while Nassau slot stays vacant

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With the position vacant for 3 1/2 months, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced New York City Transit Authority chief Tom Prendergast as his nominee to head the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as CEO and chairman.

Prendergast, a veteran of the system, is credited by some transit watchers of making the last MTA chief Joseph Lhota look good by having the foresight to get electrical equipment out of the subway tunnels before superstorm Sandy hit — thus averting ruin.

Prendergast's selection was done rapidly compared with the long-vacant Nassau MTA board position. Looks like the county continues to forfeit its limited voice on the regional transit panel — at a time when State Sens. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), the body's transportation committee chairman, and Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) are warning against mayoral campaign proposals to put more mass-transit control in the hands of New York City.

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Reliable sources said months ago that civic philanthropist and real-estate man David Mack was expecting to return to the board, but still no word from the governor's or the county executive's office.

A fuller account of the Prendergast nomination is posted here.

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