Gov. Cuomo is clearly on offense by way of shaking up the MTA, but it’s nonetheless not clear what the plan is.
The confusion begins together with the shifting of his private board appointments. He’s pushing out one amongst his latest ones, businessman Michael Lynton, after merely two months — reportedly for being too neutral. He moreover axed Freddy Ferrer, who the gov had not too way back trusted ample to make him showing board chairman at a time of catastrophe.
The gov says he wants further financial expertise from his board members. That’s why he named Linda Lacewell — a former Cuomo chief of staff who now heads the state Department of Financial Services.
He moreover must name his worth vary director, Robert Mujica — but Mujica is further of a numbers cruncher than an actual finance man, and additional importantly doesn’t dwell in the MTA space, so can’t be part of the board without modifications to state laws governing the firm. Is Cuomo truly merely intent on packing the board alongside along with his closest loyalists?
After all, the gov has already chosen all the current prime MTA administration — definitely, he has put in them since the catastrophe that began two years in the previous with the “summer of hell.”
Maybe Cuomo has decided that even his private picks weren’t doing ample to fluctuate the firm’s custom. Understandably, he considers himself utterly vindicated in upending the plans for L-train repairs: His totally different means no yearlong shutdown, and it seems to be working.
In the wake of the firm’s overtime-abuse scandals, he put in a model new inspector regular, who has flagged apparent worker sabotage of efforts to enhance time clocks.
To lead a full investigation of the OT mess, he’s pushing for the firm to lease Carrie Cohen, the prosecutor who led the case in opposition to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — a switch sure to further irritate the MTA’s unions.
We hope the aim is to energy the unions to easily settle for cost-saving modifications to badly outdated work pointers. But it’s moreover attainable that the gov’s merely inserting on a gift. No one will know for sure till and until he delivers not merely headlines, but precise outcomes.