New York MTA acting CEO and Board Chair Janno Lieber has been officially nominated by Gov. Kathy Hochul to serve in those roles; also nominated, Elizabeth Velez to serve on the MTA Board.
Both Lieber and Velez must be confirmed by the state Senate.
Lieber took over top MTA leadership on July 31, 2021—a day after Patrick Foye, who led the MTA as President and then as Chairman and CEO for four years, left the agency, and the same day Sarah Feinberg vacated her interim MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) post.
Lieber served previously as President of MTA Construction and Development, where he oversaw the agency’s $55 billion five-year capital program, including state of good repair investments in infrastructure and facilities of NYCT, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and MTA Bridges and Tunnels. From 2003-17, he was President of World Trade Center Properties LLC, managing all aspects of the Silverstein organization’s efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
Velez is currently President of the Velez Organization, a second-generation construction firm started in 1972 by her father, Andrew Velez, and a Commissioner of the New York City Property Tax Reform Commission. Additionally, she is a Trustee of Boricua College, an accredited private institution serving primarily Latinas through three campuses in New York, and a Board member for Catholic Charities and the New York City Police Foundation.
“I look forward to working with the governor, her team and our partners in the legislature to ensure that subways, buses and commuter railroads continue to be an engine fueling the region’s economic recovery,” Lieber said. “Elizabeth Velez has a deep understanding of the value of transportation to New Yorkers, will be an excellent addition to the Board, and I’m eager to work with her on important issues facing the MTA, including a historic capital program that will modernize and expand the transit network and provide enhanced equity and accessibility to New Yorkers in the years ahead.”
“I am thrilled to be nominated by Gov. Hochul to the MTA Board,” Velez said. “The MTA is a crucial connection point for New Yorkers throughout our city. With the impending influx of infrastructure dollars, the MTA is central to not only improving essential transportation, but also to creating opportunities both in workforce and procurement that affects our communities.”
“Janno is leading the MTA forward with expert management and vision, and Elizabeth will bring a wealth of invaluable knowledge and expertise to our challenges together,” Gov. Hochul summed up.
In related developments, Gov. Hochul earlier this month directed MTA to identify the best transit mode for a proposed Interborough Express service running from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Jackson Heights, Queens, and announced that Phase 2 of NYCT’s Second Avenue Subway project is moving ahead.