2012-01-27 / Top Stories

Governor Cuomo Announces Agency Confirmations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that the State Senate unanimously confirmed Joseph Lhota as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Thomas Madison as Executive Director of the New York Thruway Authority, and Gil Quiniones as President and CEO of the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

“New York will benefit from the leadership and experience of these dedicated public servants,” said Governor Cuomo. “These new members of the administration will transform the state’s transportation and energy infrastructure while creating jobs for New Yorkers.”

Joseph Lhota served as the New York City Deputy Mayor for Operations under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, where he oversaw day-to-day management of the City and supervised City agencies. He also served as Budget Director, where he managed the City’s $36 billion operating budget and $45 billion capital budget, cut costs, led agency reorganizations and consolidations, and implemented performance-based strategic planning. Mr. Lhota also served as the Commissioner of Finance for New York City and has been a Board Member of the MTA.

Most recently, Mr. Lhota was the Executive Vice President, Administration for The Madison Square Garden Company.

Thomas Madison was Vice President and Director of Transportation Policy at STV, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in design services and construction management for transportation systems and infrastructure projects.

From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Madison served as Federal Highway Administrator at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Previously, he served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation from 2005 to 2007 and was Deputy Secretary for Transportation from 2004 to 2005. He also held the positions of Director of State and Local Government Affairs from 2001 to 2003 and Deputy Appointments Director from1999 to 2000.

Gil C. Quiniones previously served as acting president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, the nation’s largest state electric utility. He was the chief operating officer since June 2008. As COO, Mr. Quiniones was responsible for managing and monitoring the dayto day activities of the Power Authority, which owns and operates 17 power plants and more than 1,400 circuitmiles of transmission lines in various parts of New York State.

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