Nancy Shevell, wife of Paul McCartney, steps down from MTA board
"Lady McCartney" has left the MTA board.
Nancy Shevell, who married ex-Beatle Paul McCartney in October, announced Wednesday that she was stepping down from the agency's board after more than 10 years.
"In my 30-year professional career, this has been the highlight for me," she told her fellow board members at Wednesday's meeting. "Thank you so much. I am so very emotional and sad right now."
Shevell, 51, whose term expired in June but continued to serve as head of the agency’s bus committee, didn't disclose why she was departing, aside from saying, "It was time.” She said she would split her time between New York and London.
Board member Mark Lebow praised Shevell for her service, even after tying the knot with a world-famous musician.
"As you ascended into stardom, a little bit of star dust fell off on us," Lebow said of Shevell, adding, "She has stayed the same old Nancy."
"We will miss you," he concluded, as the rest of board erupted into applause.
Shevell was appointed by former Gov. George Pataki and is currently its third longest-serving member. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will choose a replacement.
MTA head Joe Lhota, who noted that Shevell's first day on the job was his last during a brief tenure on the board in 2001, also announced that board member Pat Foye had resigned, effective last week.
Foye was tapped by Cuomo to lead the Port Authority in November.