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NEW YORK CITY—The chairman of the MTA, Joseph J. Lhota, has stepped down from his position. He first served in this job beginning January 2012 but left in December of that year to run as the Republican candidate for mayor. He was defeated by Bill de Blasio, who assumed office in 2014. Lhota returned to lead the MTA as its chair in 2017, after being again appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. An MTA spokesperson tells GlobeSt.com that Llota was not drawing a salary for his job.

Fernando Ferrer, the vice chairman at the MTA, will serve as the acting chair until the state senate confirms a permanent head, when it reconvenes in January.

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Betsy Kim

Betsy Kim was the bureau chief, East Coast, and New York City reporter for Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. As a lawyer and journalist, Betsy has worked as the director of editorial and content for LexisNexis Lawyers.com, a TV/multi-media journalist for NBC and CBS affiliated TV stations in the Midwest, and an associate producer at Court TV.

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