Sarah Feinberg — who led town’s subways and buses by way of the COVID-19 pandemic and pushed for extra cops underground amid a rash in violence — is about to be nominated as the primary girl to serve as the MTA’s chair, a senior company official informed the Post Tuesday.
Feinberg, 43, started her tenure in March 2020 as interim head of the MTA division that runs town’s subways and buses, the official informed the Post.
Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated her to supervise your entire state-run company — changing Pat Foye, the official stated. Her nomination have to be accepted by the state senate.
Feinberg stated in a press release that she appears ahead to shaping transportation within the area.
Foye — who beforehand held the function of each chairman and CEO of the MTA — is predicted to be appointed as interim president and CEO at Empire State Development, the state’s financial improvement arm, based on the company official.
The modifications are anticipated to take impact July 30, the official stated.
Janno Lieber, the MTA’s chief improvement officer, can be appointed to serve as the company’s chief govt. He will oversee day-to-day operations, along with his present function overseeing building and improvement, based on a senior MTA supply.
Lieber additionally stated he regarded ahead to his new function.
Feinberg will step out of her operations function as she turns into chair of the board, the supply stated.
Lisa Daglian, of the MTA’s in-house residents advisory committee, described Feinberg and Lieber as a “strong team.”
“They’ve got the governor’s trust and the governor’s ear, and that’s what they’re going to need to continue to move the system forward,” Daglian stated.
“It’s been a hell of a year for everyone,” she added. “A lot happened, a lot got done. The light at the end of the tunnel is a train that is running on time… Pat deserves the opportunity to do something else. Janno has definitely demonstrated his leadership skills. Sarah has really demonstrated her ability to get through a crisis, and the crisis isn’t over.”
Both Feinberg and Foye have pushed for an even bigger NYPD presence on the rails amid a surge in transit crimes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that 250 cops can be quickly added to patrol the Big Apple subways.
He stated the transfer will deliver the variety of cops patrolling the underground to three,250.
Officials stated the new officers would prolong their shifts and work time beyond regulation to cowl the transit system in the course of the morning and night rush hours.
Foye stated he thinks the subway system wants “more beyond that,” however thanked the mayor for the extra cops and stated “the dialogue between the MTA and the state and the city should continue.”
Feinberg stated she would “take the mayor’s word” that over 1,000 cops had been added to the subways since February, regardless of the complicated numbers.
“If he says those folks are going to the system I think that’s good news and I’ll trust him,” Feinberg stated.
Subway ridership plummeted to 90 p.c of pre-pandemic ranges as COVID-19 first gripped town final March and April.
It has rebounded however stays properly beneath the place it stood earlier than the pandemic, when delay-induced crowding was a nearly-daily expertise for many commuters.
Foye stated in a press release that he’s pleased with the best way the MTA’s 70,000-strong workforce carried front-line staff all through the pandemic.
Riders Alliance govt director Betsy Plum stated the MTA’s new management now has their work lower out for them.
“Governor Cuomo is responsible for providing New York’s millions of riders with fast, frequent, and affordable public transit service,” Plum stated in a press release. “It’s also his job to fix the subway, making it reliable and accessible to all New Yorkers.”
“The governor’s new leadership at the MTA needs to focus on the basics: Upgrading subway signals, making stations accessible, and delivering seamless public transit service to the millions of riders who need it now and the many more returning each day.”