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Mack decides not to seek reappointment to MTA board

David Mack of Kings Point will not seek reappointment to the MTA board after it was reported that he refused to cooperate with an investigation into the State Police, it was announced Thursday.

"David Mack called me and indicated that he is not seeking reappointment to the MTA as the Nassau County representative, a position he has held for over 15 years," County Executive Thomas Suozzi said in a statement.

"I thank him for his service, in not only this position, but in many others here on Long Island over the past 30 years, and I will begin to seek a replacement to submit to the governor," Suozzi said.

Mack, 67, has served on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board since Dec. 16, 1993, and is its vice chairman. His term expired on June 30.

Gov. David A. Paterson had asked that Mack, a developer, resign his MTA board seat because he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in connection with an investigation into wrongdoing in the State Police hierarchy.

Paterson also said he was withdrawing Mack's renomination to the Port Authority board, where Mack is also a holdover.

Aides to Suozzi said there had been no change in Mack's honorary position as an assistant commissioner with the Nassau County Police Department.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who issued the report on State Police earlier this week, said Thursday that Mack should step down immediately from both the MTA and the Port Authority boards.

"Mr. Mack today said that he had totally cooperated in our investigation. Nothing could be further from the truth," Cuomo said in a statement.

"In fact, when he was interviewed, he gave only his name and refused to answer any questions, invoking the 5th Amendment 37 times," Cuomo said.

"Furthermore, we agree with the State Troopers PBA that Mr. Mack is not qualified to be an official of a police force, especially after he failed to cooperate in a law enforcement investigation," Cuomo said.

Mack's attorney, Alfredo Mendez, released a statement late Thursday saying he had advised Mack not to answer questions.

On Wednesday, a statement issued by a Mack spokesman read in part: "Mr. Mack's role as a public servant has been exemplary and whether it was his role assisting New York State law enforcement during some of its darkest days in history or his leadership on the MTA Board, he has sought to bring his insight and energy to the task of protecting New York's future. To suggest otherwise is contrary to the facts."

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