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Gov. Cuomo names deputy, Pat Foye, new Port Authority chief

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped his economic deputy, Pat Foye, to lead the Port Authority Wednesday.

Once approved by the authority’s board, Foye will take over for executive director Chris Ward, who recently decided to step down at the end of the month because of his tumultuous relationship with Cuomo. The board could approve Foye as early as Thursday.

Foye, who has been on the MTA’s board since last year, said he was honored to get Cuomo’s nod.

MTA board member Mitch Pally said although he was sad to see Foye leave, he was certain he would do a “tremendous job” at the Port Authority.

“He has the expertise in construction, in financing, in all of the different areas that the Port Authority touches,” Pally said.

Cuomo is also expected soon to name a replacement for MTA chief Jay Walder, who is leaving Friday for a job in Hong Kong.

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