Thursday, May 21, 2009

LIRR President Williams named interim MTA CEO

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New York MTA Chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger Thursday said Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams will serve as MTA’s interim executive director and chief executive officer, pending MTA board approval at its regularly scheduled meeting May 27. After that, Williams' appointment will remain in effect until a new chairman and CEO is nominated by Gov. David Paterson and confirmed by the state Senate.

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During the interim period, Williams will retain her title and responsibilities as president of the LIRR, the largest U.S. regional (“commuter”) railroad in terms of ridership.

"This is a time of transition at the MTA, but it is critical that we continue to serve our customers without missing a beat,"said Hemmerdinger in a statement. "Helena Williams is doing a terrific job at the Long Island Rail Road and will be an excellent steward for the entire transit system until a new chairman and CEO is appointed."

Said Williams, "I am honored to be asked to step in temporarily--pending approval of the MTA Board-- to serve in this position while continuing my duties as president of the LIRR. As we all know, the subway, bus, bridge, tunnel, and commuter rail systems are the lifeblood of our city and of the entire New York metropolitan region. I've spent much of my career at the MTA, so this will be an exciting challenge."