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NY Governor Nominates His Predecessor to MTA Board

NY Governor Nominates His Predecessor to MTA Board

NY Governor Nominates His Predecessor to MTA Board Ove Overmyer, flickr

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MTA Chairman applauds the nomination.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday nominated his predecessor, former Gov. David Paterson, to serve on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board.

Cuomo said Monday that Paterson's energy and expertise will help the state reform the MTA and improve service for New Yorkers. Paterson would replace Nancy Shevell, who resigned from the board in January. He must be confirmed by the state Senate.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said he applauds the nomination.

"I look forward to former Governor Paterson bringing to our board deliberations the charm, wit and compassion he has shown throughout his public life," Lhota said in a statement.

New York City Council member James Vaca, chair of the transportation committee, said Pater's sensitivity to issues affecting the disabled community will add a "welcomed perspective" to MTA deliberations.

Paterson is legally blind. Last week, he was present at City Hall for an announcement that city taxis are getting technology to help visually impaired riders make sure they're not being cheated.