Written by: Joseph Spector
ALBANY — Several major public authorities in New York are in the midst of trying to fill their top executive posts after a series of resignations.
The vacancies at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state Power Authority and the Thruway Authority will be left to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and their boards to fill — key decisions that come as the agencies struggle with financial difficulties and shifting priorities.
“It’s a very good sign that he’s taking his time in filling these positions because these authorities each, for different reasons, are very important to the state’s economy,” said Heather Briccetti, acting president of the state Business Council.
Cuomo is expected to put his stamp on the major authorities that provide services to the public. Other than the MTA post, Cuomo has yet to outline his plans on how he will fill the other positions. There are ongoing reports that Christopher Ward, the executive director of New York Port Authority, which oversees bridges, tunnels and airports and transit in New York City, will be replaced…
Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson said an audit should be conducted of the MTA’s finances before a new chairman is picked. He has an online petition at www.auditthemta.com. “There is no better time than now,” Ball said in a statement. “We’ve known of corruption and gross mismanagement within the authority for years.” (READ MORE)