On the structural front, the governor appears intent on splitting the now-unified, and vacant, CEO and chairmanship position into two, reversing a reform implemented as a result of the 2008 Ravitch Commission, which sought to rescue the MTA from the ravages of the recession. It is only a unified executive who "can be perceived as sufficiently independent of all elected officials that can have the necessary credibility with all MTA constituencies," wrote the commission that year. The MTA now contends, without further explication, that only a divided leadership can effectively run the MTA. Either way, the change would require legislative approval, and doesn’t get to the MTA's “root issues," said Regional Plan Association president Tom Wright.
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