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For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2011
Committee will assist with search for new MTA chairman
 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the creation of an MTA Search AdvisoryCommittee that will assist in recommending and evaluating candidates for the next chairman andCEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority."This committee will help conduct a national and international search to find and recommend themost talented candidates for the next chairman of the MTA," Governor Cuomo said. "I amcommitted to appointing a new chairman who will put straphangers first and who will continueto reform the MTA by reducing costs and waste, while improving efficiency and service."The advisory committee is comprised of leading public transportation experts and management professionals in the public and private sectors. An executive search and recruitment firm,Krauthamer & Associates, has been engaged to assist in the process. The Governor'sappointment of an MTA chairman is subject to Senate confirmation.Mortimer Downey, former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation, said, "Thiscommittee will assist with a comprehensive review and evaluation process of top-tier  professionals to be considered for next chairman of the MTA. With tight budget pressures andhard decisions ahead, the new chairman must ensure the MTA provides quality service whilemeeting tough fiscal demands. Governor Cuomo's strong commitment to the MTA is reflected inthis committee's membership of experienced civic leaders and public transportation experts."Gene Russianoff, Senior Attorney of the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, said, "The nextchairman and CEO of the MTA will shape transportation policies in the New York metropolitanregion for millions of daily riders, and I congratulate the Governor for putting together a great panel to seek the best possible candidates."Robert Yaro, President of the Regional Plan Association, said, "Governor Cuomo has chargedthis committee with assisting in the selection of a new chairman for the MTA and over the nextmonths we will help evaluate and review top public transportation professionals from across thenation. I commend the Governor for assembling this committee to assist with finding a newchairman, and I look forward to continuing to work together to revitalize our state's publictransportation system."Members of the Committee include:
Vincent Alvarez,
 President, New York City Central Labor Council 
 Mr. Alvarez is President of the New York City Central Labor Council, an organization thatrepresents more than one million union members. Mr. Alvarez is the council's first Hispanic andfirst full-time president. He previously served as deputy legislative director of the New York 
State A.F.L-C.I.O, and was former Chief of Staff at the Council.
illian Borrone,
oard Chair, Eno Transportation Foundation
Ms. Borrone currently chairs the Eno Transportation Foundation, a nonprofit organization that partners with government agencies, professional and private organizations to improve themobility, safety and sustainability of transportation systems. Ms. Borrone previously served asthe Assistant Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and also held positions asthe Director of the Port Commerce Department and Director of Management and Budget.
Stanley Brezenoff,
 President and CEO, Continuum Health Partners
Mr. Brezenoff currently serves as the President and CEO of Continuum Health Partners, ahospital system that includes Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center,Long Island College Hospital and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Previously, he servedas the Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and was the former Deputy Mayor of Operations, as well as the First Deputy Mayor of New York City, during the Kochadministration.
Mary Ann Crotty,
 Former Director of State Operations
 Ms. Crotty is the former Deputy Secretary for Transportation and former Director of StateOperations under Governor Mario Cuomo.
Beverly Dolinsky,
 Former Executive Director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee
 Ms. Dolinsky formerly served as the Executive Director Permanent Citizens AdvisoryCommittee to the MTA for 25 years. Ms. Dolinksy also was the
first riders' representative on theMTA board, a non-voting seat that was established in 1995, where she served for 8 years.
Mortimer Downey,
 Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Transportation
 Mr. Downey formerly served as the Deputy Secretary at US Department of Transportationduring the Clinton Administration. He is currently Secretary of the Eno TransportationFoundation and a Senior Advisor for Parsons Brinckerhoff. He began his career at the PortAuthority of NY and NJ, where he held various positions. Mr. Downey has also served as theExecutive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the New York MTA.
Fernando Ferrer,
oard Member, MTA
 Mr. Ferrer formerly served as Bronx Borough President from 1987 to 2001. Upon leaving this post, he ran for mayor of New York in both 2001 and 2005. He is the former director of theDrum Hill Institute, and is a current co-chairman of Mercury Public Affairs.
Howard Glaser,
Director of State Operations
Sidney Holmes,
 Partner, Winston Strawn LLP 
 Mr. Holmes is a corporate partner at Winston Strawn LLP, and has served as bond counsel,underwriter's counsel, and bank counsel in virtually every type of municipal bond financingthroughout the United States and its territories. In May 2008, Mr. Holmes was appointed by NewYork Governor David Paterson to serve as a commissioner of the Port Authority of NY and NJ.Mr. Holmes is also a commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund and is a board
member of the New York Urban League, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard DevelopmentCorporation.
Denis Hughes,
 President, New York State AFL-CIO
Mr. Hughes is the current president of the 2.5 million-member New York State AFL-CIO. Hefirst became a union member at the age of 16 when he joined the Retail Clerks Union, and later  joined the AFL-CIO as Political Director and Assistant to the President. He was first elected asPresident in 1999, and was subsequently re-elected to three consecutive terms. Mr. Hughes hasalso served as Commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund, and was appointed to theBoard of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
 President & CEO, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
 Mr. Longhi has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Orange and RocklandUtilities, Inc. since February 2009. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of CentralOperations at Con Edison Company of New York. Since joining Con Edison in 1976, Mr.Longhi has held a variety of positions throughout the company, including Vice President of Operations at O&R in 2000 and 2001.
Mitchell Moss,
 Director, Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management 
Prior to his appointment as Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy andManagement, Mr. Moss was the Director of NYU's Taub Urban Research Center, where hedirected research projects for the National Science Foundation, Charles Revson Foundation, U.S.Department of Commerce, New York State Economic Development Corporation, and leading private corporations. Professor Moss has been on the faculty of NYU since 1973.
Richard Ravitch,
 Former Lieutenant Governor of New York 
 Mr. Ravitch is a veteran public servant, having worked in both federal and state government for decades. In the late 1960s, Ravitch left his family's construction firm to join President LyndonJohnson's administration. Under President Johnson, Ravitch served as a member of the UnitedStates Commission on Urban Problems and was elected president of the Citizens Housing andPlanning Council. Later, under Governor Hugh Carey, Mr. Ravitch served as chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, rescuing the agency from near-bankruptcy.Mr. Ravitch went onto become chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In 2008,Governor Paterson tapped him to chair a commission charged with restoring the MTA to soundfinancial footing and he subsequently served as Lieutenant Governor. Currently Mr. Ravitch is a partner at New York based law firm Ravitch, Rice & Co.
Bill Rudin,
Chairman, Association for a
etter NY 
In addition to serving as the Chair of the Association for a Better NY, Mr. Rudin is currently thePresident of Rudin Management Company, Inc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for theBattery Conservancy and as a member of the Boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, theReal Estate Board of New York and New York University.
Gene Russianoff,
Senior Attorney, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
 Mr. Russianoff is senior attorney and chief spokesman for the Straphangers Campaign for  NYPIRG, a Manhattan-based public transportation advocacy group that focuses mainly on

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