The Senate approved Tom Prendergast as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday night after two rounds of confirmation hearings.
When Prendergast was asked by a lawmaker how long he would stay in the role, he alluded to the career paths of his predecessors, Jay Walder and Joe Lhota.
“I will not be running for mayor of New York City and I will not take a job in Hong Kong,” Prendergast said. “I have a degree in systems engineering and I have always enjoyed electric trains ever since I was a little kid.”
Prendergast told reporters afterward that he would be supportive of the city’s decision for a fixed 10-year lease at Madison Square Garden in order to address the transit needs at Penn Station and for system-wide reviews of transit lines in the city, including the G line.
“[We're going to] take a look at the line, take a look at to see how it’s operating, how the demographics are changing and what we may be able to do to provide improvements,” he said. “We’re committed to doing that in the G line and we’ll be coming out with recommendations to change things now but to make informed decisions about what we can do to support that line in the future.”