In the aftermath of Jay Walder’s resignation, nearly everyone — except the TWU — seems to think that the MTA is losing a solid and effective leader. The Daily News praised him as the most effective civic leader in New York State right now and ran down his accomplishments while The Post said he did “reasonably well” over the last few years while dealing with uncertain finances and obstructionist politicians.
With Walder on the way out, the question then becomes one of succession. Who’s next? It’s unclear who the candidates will be, but it doesn’t sound as though Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have an easy time finding a successor. As the News said, “Executives who have full managerial, financial and political skills are few and far between.” The Post meanwhile called upon Cuomo to find an “equally talented replacement.” Between the capital budget and the TWU negotiations, the MTA has a lot on its plate this fall. Cuomo should make sure his candidate is more than just a political crony as the next MTA CEO will set the tone for a much of the next decade if he or she doesn’t stick around all that long.