Gov. Spitzer Transition Team Transpo Committee Named

It includes some leading members of the congestion charging brainstrust and some big MTA reformers. Via Chuck Bennett at AMNY:


  • Elliot Sander, director of NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, VP at MTA contractor DMJM Harris and former city Dept. of Transporation commisioner. (Rumored to an MTA chairman candidate)
  • Mary Ann Crotty, former transportation advisor for Mario Cuomo.


  • Janette Sadik-Kahn, VP at Parsons Brinckerhoff (Big MTA contractor leading the Partnership for NYC’s congestion pricing study)
  • Gene Russianoff, Straphangers Campaign (the MTA’s best critic)
  • Jon Orcutt, president of the Tri State Transportation Campaign (another tough MTA critic and big thinker on regional transport issues)
  • Ernest Tollerson, VP at Partnership for NYC (Working on the Partnership’s congestion pricing study)
  • Mitch Palley, MTA board member from Suffolk (often the lone dissenting voice with votig power on the board and big supporter of the third rail project for the LIRR)
  • Susan Kupferman, president MTA Bridges and Tunnels (Rumored candidate for MTA executive director)
  • Robert Yaro, president of Regional Plan Association

Other Members

  • James Conigliaro, Machinists
  • Sam Williams, UAW 9A
  • Garry Labarbera, president Teamsters Local 282
  • Jack Aherne, International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Chris Ward, managing director of the General Contractors Association (Ports, shipping and environment expert)
  • Sonia Toledo, managing director Merrill Lynch
  • Jamie Mercado, partner at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett
  • Edward Malloy, president of Buildings and Construction Trades Council
  • Eva Lerner Lamb, presidents of Palisades Consulting
  • Doreen Frasca, president of Frasca & Associates
  • John Egan, president of Renaissance Corp.
  • Binta Brown, Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Samara Barend, director of STV Inc. (Engineering firm that did the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel study)