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Briefly pondering Jay Walder’s replacement

by Benjamin Kabak

I’m taking the New York State Bar Exam on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and so there will be no further posts today. If you’re looking for some thought-provoking transit-related materials, watch the above video. It seems as though Richard Brodsky, former Assembly representative, wouldn’t say no were he to be appointed head of the MTA. Considering his record while in Albany, though, I’m not so keen on that idea. Meanwhile, William Colton, a current Assembly rep from Brooklyn, suggested Gene Russianoff while The Journal says Gov. Andrew Cuomo will look nationally or within the MTA for a potential replacement. Intrigue indeed.

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27 comments

Alex C July 26, 2011 - 1:05 am

Hopefully someone with nerves of steel takes the job, lord knows they’ll need it. They’ll have Albany, the TWU, and angry (and endlessly stupid) transit riders screaming for their head 24/7 while having the MTA starved of funds. I’m sure people are beating down the doors for a shot at this job!

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Stephen Smith July 26, 2011 - 3:03 am

Can’t they just pick up some random guy off the streets of Tokyo or Zurich?

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Alon Levy July 26, 2011 - 5:22 am

They could pick some random Bellevue inmate and still do better than Brodsky.

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Transit Fan July 26, 2011 - 3:16 am

Brodsky. What a clownish man he is.

Frankly, Richard Brodsky deserves the MTA given that he is the legislator most responsible for the demise of congestion pricing and the loss of all of the federal funds, the new revenue stream and the bonds that would have come along with it.

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Phillip Roncoronj July 26, 2011 - 8:33 am

What’s David Gunn up to now-a-days?

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BrooklynBus July 26, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Probably chopping logs in Maine or Nova Scotia. I really doubt it if he would want the headache at his age but he would be a great choice.

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Alon Levy July 27, 2011 - 1:53 am

Seconded. Him, or Richard Ravitch.

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Bolwerk July 27, 2011 - 11:11 am

Ravitch might be the only sane candidate who kind of might like a job.

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Anon July 28, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Freelancing for TTC.

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Marsha July 26, 2011 - 8:42 am

I vote for Benjamin Kabak to head the MTA.

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Joe Steindam July 26, 2011 - 8:57 am

Wow, for the first time in ages I’m grateful I don’t have FiOS, because those reporters are utterly useless.

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Streetsblog New York City » Today’s Headlines July 26, 2011 - 8:57 am

[…] Ugh: Richard Brodsky Coyly Deflects Suggestion He’ll Be Tapped to Replace Walder (2nd Ave Sagas) […]

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Al D July 26, 2011 - 9:10 am

I think that instead of picking a new head, they sould look instead into disbanding and restructuring what is now known as the MTA. Appoint a “Blue Ribbon” panel. That’s a trendy thing to do. The MTA is just too highly dysfunctional to let it continue on like this.

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Kid Twist July 26, 2011 - 9:11 am

Best of luck to you, Ben.

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S Truman July 26, 2011 - 9:27 am

How “dysfunctional” is the MTA compared to other large NYS agencies and authorities? Show me. Is it more “dysfunctional” than NYS Medicaid, which pays out about twice as much per participant as California’s system and has been shown to waste about a fourth of its budget through over billing, unnecessary procedures and fraud? Seriously. Show us a comparison of MTA vs other NYS mega-agency. Is the MTA f*ed? You bet. But is that because the entity is fatally flawed, or because New Yorkers accept a political system that is corrupted by the power of special interest money and power?

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Al D July 26, 2011 - 12:21 pm

It is highly dysfunctional. Compared to other NYS entities, I haven’t the first clue, but I suspect that the MTA does not have this market cornered.

To your other point, NYS needs to change certain rules regarding nomination processes, ballot registering and district re-drawings, not to mention the various fast and loose ethics rules. Change these and perhaps the political system will bend slightly.

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drosejr July 26, 2011 - 9:42 am

Good luck, Ben. At least you’ve missed the heat wave while you’ve been studying.

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Andrew July 26, 2011 - 9:52 am

Good luck on the bar exam!

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Donald July 26, 2011 - 12:58 pm

The bar exam is the easy part. Finding a job is the hard part.

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JE July 26, 2011 - 11:32 am

Best of luck today/tomorrow, Ben!

At some point, I would be interested in your take on this weekend’s high-speed rail disaster in China.

http://www.theaustralian.com.a.....6101573803

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Alex C July 27, 2011 - 10:40 pm

The debt limit is the only reason Republicans and the hoard of idiocy haven’t taken that man-made disaster (THEY TURNED OFF THE ATS! MORONS!) and turned into a “TRAINS BAD! MORE CARS! MORE ROADS! OIL!” campaign.

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Hank July 26, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Good luck Ben. It’s not nearly as hard as it seems. Just knock the MBE over the fences and sail through the essays.

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SEAN July 26, 2011 - 3:21 pm

I just want to tell you good luck, we’re all counting on you.

Most reporters today are useless anyway. If you want to see a verry funny film that drives the point home, watch the Rachel Mcadams/ Harrison Ford film “Morning Glorry.” Even the most rediculous parts of the movie will leave you histericle.

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Anon July 26, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Andrew Albert over Gene Russianoff any day.

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Anon July 26, 2011 - 6:56 pm

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BrooklynBus July 26, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Good luck, Ben.

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Anon July 27, 2011 - 1:33 pm

We’re all counting on you.

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