NEW YORK CITY-Thomas Prendergast, who has served as interim executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority since Joseph Lhota resigned to pursue a mayoral run, now has the leadership job at the agency on a more formal basis. The New York State Senate has confirmed Prendergast as the MTA’s chairman and CEO, the governor’s office said Thursday afternoon.

Prendergast brings a literal track record to the top job at the MTA. He served for more than three years starting in late 2009 as president of MTA New York City Transit, which runs the subway and bus system in New York City, and for six years between 1994 and 2000 as president of the Long Island Rail Road.

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