POLITICOS SHOULDN’T RUN PUBLIC TRANSIT; PROOF OF THAT – THE GOV. OF NEW YORK VS ANDY BYFORD

ANDY BYFORD, who did an outstanding job as CEO of the TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) moved to the U.S. two years ago and took over the broken MTA in New York City. As head of the subway and buses, he made a real effort to turn around a transit system in crisis. And he was succeeding. Then he ran into New York State Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.
Just like Toronto’s Doug Ford, Mr. Cuomo believes he has the know-how to run one of the world’s largest public transit systems, and he made this clear to Mr. Byford. although the two men seldom spoke to each other.Then the distance between them widened. The outcome – Andy quit several times in the past, but two weeks ago he signed off for good.
Read the story by JIM DWYER of the squabble between Byford and Cuomo (does he ever run the state?), in the February 3rd New York Times at this address – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/nyregion/cuomo-andy-byford-mta.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
“ANDY, we need you up here. C’mon back!”

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