MTA Welcomes Three New Members to Its Board
June 24th, 2014
Three new members are joining the MTA Board. All three members were confirmed to their positions on June 20 by the New York Senate after being nominated recently by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will assume the seat formerly occupied by former New York City Budget Director Mark Page. Neal Zuckerman of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council will take the non-voting seat formerly occupied by the Council’s Jim Blair. Iris Weinshall on July 1 will assume the seat currently occupied by Mark D. Lebow who has served on the Board since 2002.
Trottenberg and Weinshall had been recommended to Governor Cuomo by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Zuckerman had been recommended by the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council to the MTA.
The Senate also re-confirmed two existing Board members, Andrew Albert and Ira Greenberg.
“Polly Trottenberg and I already have a great working relationship through her leadership of the New York City Department of Transportation,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “I am delighted that we’ll be able to build upon and further strengthen that relationship through her new role on our Board. I have the utmost respect for the work of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Council to the MTA and its constituent organizations including the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council. In that vein, I welcome Neal Zuckerman to our board and look forward to working with him on a more regular basis going forward. I thank both Commissioners Page and Blair for their long service to New Yorkers through their service on our Board. “We will also benefit for Iris Weinshall's expertise," said Prendergast. "Iris Weinshall brings to the MTA Board a depth of experience in infrastructure maintenance and upgrading and transportation management and policy that will be of tremendous benefit to us we continue to strive to make improvements to everything we do."
“I thank Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and the NY State Senate for entrusting me with this role on the MTA’s executive board,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “As one of the Mayor’s representatives, I pledge that the City and the MTA will be strong partners in providing safe and essential transit services to the millions of people who ride the system every day. New Yorkers rely on the MTA to provide access to jobs and opportunity and our transit network is fundamental to the economic vitality of the City and the region.”
“The MTA’s heritage includes a great deal of high quality customer service and efficiency, but last year’s difficulties with Metro-North have given us pause,” said Neal Zuckerman. “I am proud to join the MTA Board to help management and my fellow board members, from the perspective of a commuter, reach resolutions to some of the difficulties that have been become a focus recently.”
Polly Trottenberg was sworn in as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation on January 27, 2014. Responsible for one of the largest portfolios of any municipal agency, NYCDOT provides for the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods throughout the five boroughs.
With NYCDOT serving as one of the lead agencies in implementing Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, Trottenberg’s priorities include establishing policies and programs to dramatically reduce traffic fatalities and injuries and continue the effort to make New York's streets the safest in the country. Trottenberg is also focused on improving public space and transportation options, including Select Bus Service and cycling, in underserved neighborhoods so that all New Yorkers have access to jobs, education and opportunities to improve their daily lives.
She holds a B.A. in History from Barnard College and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government and lives in Brooklyn.
Iris Weinshall served as New York City Transportation Commissioner from September 2000 to January 2007. She is currently Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction, and Management at The City University of New York, where she is responsible for the University’s award-winning design and planning initiatives and a five-year capital construction budget of more than $3 billion for 23 colleges and University professional schools.
As New York City Transportation Commissioner, Weinshall supervised a $5 billion capital program that included the construction of the widely-praised Whitehall Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan and the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.
Ms. Weinshall graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College, and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In 2000, she was named Alumna of the Year by the Brooklyn College Alumni Association, the group's highest honor, in recognition of her commitment to the betterment of the community through her many professional and civic achievements.
Neal Zuckerman is a Partner and Managing Director in the New York office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and advisor on business strategy with 81 offices in 45 countries. Neal’s professional advisory work is centered on media and entertainment companies, with a particular focus on supporting the transformation of media companies into sustainable, digitally-oriented businesses through growth strategies, business development and large-scale change.
Zuckerman is a resident of Garrison, NY (the station from which he commutes on Metro-North), and was appointed as Putnam County's representative to the Metro North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC) in 2010 by Governor Paterson and nominated by then County Executive Bob Bondi. He holds a B.S. in History from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
About the MTA Board
The MTA Board is comprised of 23 members. Seventeen voting members cast 14 votes, and six members are non-voting. All members, including the Chairman, are nominated by the Governor of the State of New York and confirmed by the New York State Senate. Before being nominated, four of the voting members are recommended by the Mayor of the City of New York and seven are recommended by the executives of the seven suburban counties in New York State that are served by the MTA. The six non-voting members are recommended by organizations that represent organized labor or MTA customers.