Senate to consider MTA chief appointment shortly
The state Senate will discuss Gov. David Paterson’s nominee for the new MTA chief on its first day back in session, said Austin Shafran, spokesman for Democratic Senate President Malcolm Smith.
Last month, Paterson nominated Walder, a former MTA executive and manager of London's transit system, as the agency's CEO and chair, a new merged position.
Prior to the confirmation, the Senate will hold joint public hearings on Walder in Long Island and Harlem, Shafran said.
Senate sources believe Walder is a shoe-in for the job because of his extensive work experience.
Transit advocates have gunned for a quick confirmation of Walder, arguing that important decisions have floundered without a permanent director.
“(MTA riders) simply cannot afford to have the installation of new leadership stalled,” transit advocates wrote to the Senate.