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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul last week nominated two individuals to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) board.
MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber was nominated to serve as chair, and Elizabeth Velez was nominated to serve as a board member. Hochul remarked that the pair would bring "expert management" skills and "invaluable knowledge" to the MTA.
"These are strong, competent leaders who will help steer the MTA through this critical time," Hochul said in a press release. "We will continue to make appointments that ensure our transit system delivers for riders."
Acting MTA chair and CEO since July 2021, Lieber previously worked in the agency’s construction and development division, where he oversaw MTA’s $55 billion, five-year capital program. Other accomplishments during his tenure include the third track expansion of MTA Long Island Rail Road and the East Side Access mega-project.
Lieber also previously served as president of World Trade Center Properties LLC for 14 years, where he was responsible for managing efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
Velez is currently president of the Velez Organization, a construction firm founded by her father Andrew Velez in 1972. She also serves on multiple advisory boards for New York agencies, industry nonprofits and youth support organizations. She also is commissioner of the New York City Property Tax Reform Commission.