Names Emerge as Replacements for MTA Chairman Jay Walder

By Andrew Siff
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:01 PM EDT
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Names Emerge as MTA Chair Candidates

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A subway conductor waits for passengers December 23, 2005 in New York City. After three days of strikes New York City subways and buses returned to service, bringing normality back to millions of peoples morning and afternoon commutes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a replacement soon for outgoing MTA Chairman Jay Walder, and several names have emerged as the final candidates, sources confirm.

The finalists are:

  • Joseph Lhota, former deputy mayor of operations under Rudy Giuliani
  • Karen Rae, deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and a former deputy commissioner with the New York State Department of Transportation
  • NYC Transit President Thomas Prendergast
  • Daniel Grabauskas, former general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Nuria Fernandez, a former deputy administrator with the Federal Transit Administration
  • Neil Peterson, who has served as CEO of transit agencies in Los Angeles, Oakland, Calif. and Seattle.

The finalist names were first reported by the Daily News on Wednesday.

Walder's last day is Oct. 20. He announced in July he was leaving after two years on the job for a position as CEO of MTR Corporation in Hong Kong. It operates rail services in Asia and Europe.

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