Smith Says MTA Needs Different Leader

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Transit advocates may be mourning the upcoming resignation of MTA CEO Lee Sander, but Albany lawmakers think it will bring much-needed change at the agency. State Senate Democratic Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says several reform measures, passed this week as part of a financial bailout plan for the MTA, will require a different type of leader.

SMITH: One of those changes was the merger of two positions as well as the audit which will get to the guts of the problem so the next person coming in is going to have a paradigm shift in terms of the way the MTA is gonna be run.

The merger Smith is referring to is a change to combine the positions of chairman and chief executive. Smith was at a reception at Gracie Mansion for state lawmakers who support Mayor Bloomberg's initiative against illegal guns.