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May 18, 2011

Fernando Ferrer to replace Doreen Frasca on the MTA Board

2nd Ave. Sagas
by Benjamin Kabak

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named Fernando Ferrer, the one-time mayoral candidate, to the MTA Board. The one-time head of the Drum Major Institute for Public Affairs and current lobbyist will replace Doreen Frasca, whose term expired in 2010. Ferrer, the Bronx Borough President from 1987-2001, will have to be confirmed by the State Senate, but he likely won’t face a significant opposition in Albany.

Interestingly, this move could have an impact on the board’s makeup. Frasca, an expert in the financing of complex transportation infrastructure projects, has been one of the more outspoken members of the MTA Board. For instance, she has long cast a wary eye toward the Atlantic Yards deal.

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NoLandGrab: Frasca's "wary eye" didn't prevent her from voting in June of 2009 to approve the MTA's outrageous sweetening of Bruce Ratner's sweetheart deal for the Vanderbilt Yard.

Posted by eric at May 18, 2011 10:17 AM