MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, whose political stock received a boost from the authority’s quick work restoring service following Superstorm Sandy, will resign on Dec. 31 to explore a bid for mayor of New York City.
Lhota, a Republican who once served as Rudy Giuliani’s deputy mayor, was appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to run the MTA. But the state public officers law prevented him from pursuing a political campaign while remaining chairman.
“I will be exploring a potential candidacy for Mayor of New York City,” Lhota said in a statement. “This will be a life-defining decision and one that I will be seriously considering in the upcoming weeks.”
Lhota said he will make his decision by early January and won’t comment further until then.
“It has been a privilege to serve this Governor, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity he gave me to serve the people of the great State of New York,” he said. “I also want to express my gratitude to the entire MTA workforce that worked so hard on behalf of all New Yorkers in bringing our vital transportation system back after Superstorm Sandy.”