Watchdog Calls on Governor, Legislative Leaders to Keep MTA Residency Requirements

For Immediate Release

Watchdog Asks Governor, Legislative Leaders to Keep MTA Board Residency Requirements

Current Law Ensures Appointees Have Firsthand Experience of MTA Services and Dedicated Taxes

Changes to Law Must be Considered through Regular Legislative Process

Reinvent Albany today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Temporary President Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, calling on them to keep the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board residency requirements under Section 1263 of the Public Officers Law.

Appointments to the MTA Board are being considered as part of the “big ugly” negotiations at the end of the NYS legislative session, which ends on June 19, 2019. Among the appointees being considered is Robert Mujica, Governor Cuomo’s Director of the Division of the Budget, who currently does not live within the MTA commuter district.

The full letter is provided below.