Chief Exec Sander Leaving MTA
Sander leaves on May 22. The Straphangers Campaign expressed regret at Sander's exit ("If the Straphangers Campaign was in charge here, we would have begged Lee Sander to stay"), as has councilmember John Liu, chairman of the council's transportation committee. Sander has been known since his appointment by Eliot Spitzer in 2007 for his aggressiveness in cutting through the notorious layers of MTA accountancy which, Sander recently said, "would probably have made the Kremlin proud."
The Times suggests Paterson may opt to appoint H. Dale Hemmerdinger, currently serving as MTA chairman, to fill both his and Sander's place, an arrangement mandated by the new bill. Newsday likes former MTA director Marc Shaw, an early advocate of the MetroCard. We wonder if Richard Ravitch is available.