Governor Hochul announces MTA board appointments


Governor Hochul announced today that Janno Lieber has been appointed Chairman and CEO of the MTA Board of Directors and Elizabeth Velez has been appointed to serve on the MTA Board of Directors.

“As governor, my first duty to New Yorkers is to ensure that those who serve our state are experienced, engaged and ready to meet the challenges we face,” Governor Hochul said. “Janno leads the MTA with expert management and vision, and Elizabeth will bring an invaluable wealth of knowledge and expertise to our common challenges. They are strong and capable leaders who will help lead the MTA through this critical time. We will continue to make appointments that ensure our transit system delivers for passengers. “

“I am honored and grateful to have been appointed by Governor Hochul, who from day one has supported a smart transit system that serves all New Yorkers. I look forward to working with the Governor, his team and our partners in the legislature to ensure that subways, buses and commuter trains continue to be a driver of the region’s economic recovery ”, Janno Lieber said. “Elizabeth Velez has a deep understanding of the value of transportation to New Yorkers, will be a great addition to the board of directors and I look forward to working with her on important issues facing the MTA, including a ‘landmark capital asset that will modernize and expand the transit system and provide improved equity and accessibility to New Yorkers in the years to come. ”

“I am delighted to be appointed by Governor Hochul to the board of directors of the MTA”, Elizabeth Velez said. “The MTA is a critical connection point for New Yorkers across our city. With the impending influx of infrastructure dollars, the MTA is critical not only for improving essential transportation, but also for creating both labor and supply opportunities that affect our communities. “

Janno Lieber will be appointed President and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board. He has been Interim President and CEO since July 2021.

In his role at MTA Construction and Development, Mr. Lieber oversaw the agency’s five-year, $ 55 billion capital program, including State of Good Repair investments in New York City Transit infrastructure and facilities, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and MTA. Bridges and tunnels. He is responsible for signal and other major system upgrades, system expansions and megaprojects such as East Side Access, the second phase of the Second Avenue subway and the Third Track extension of the Long Island Rail main line. Road. He is also responsible for upgrading and professionalizing the MTA’s project management capacity and integrating real estate planning and economic development into MTA infrastructure projects.

From 2003 to 2017, Mr. Lieber was President of World Trade Center Properties LLC, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Silverstein organization’s efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center site, including issues of planning, design and construction; business, finance and legal matters; and public affairs, government and community relations.

Earlier in his career, he served in the administrations of President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Ed Koch and worked as a lawyer in private practice.

Elizabeth vélez will be appointed to serve on the board of directors of the MTA. She is currently President of Velez Organization, a second generation construction company founded in

1972 by his father, Andrew Velez. To his credit, hundreds of projects that have come to fruition under his leadership, including more than 600 housing units made affordable by state and federal government grants in the Bronx and Harlem, and over ten billion dollars. important educational, health and large-scale projects. all over New York.

She is an administrator of Boricua College; an accredited private institution serving primarily Latinos through three campuses in New York City. She sits on the advisory boards of numerous New York City and New York State agencies, industry nonprofits, and groups supporting youth mentorship and scholarships. She is a member of the Board for Catholic Charities and the New York City Police Foundation. She is currently a commissioner of the New York City Property Tax Reform Commission. Following the catastrophic arrival of Hurricane Maria, Elizabeth was appointed to the New York stands with the Puerto Rico Recovery and Reconstruction Committee, the New York Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission, and led numerous economic and workforce development programs including a satellite headquarters in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Internationally, Ms. Velez is co-chair of Iran 180, an organization that advocates for human rights and an end to the Iranian nuclear threat. She contributes to media such as Matter of Fact TV with Soledad O’Brien, Fox News Latino, The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, El Diario La Prensa, Hispanic Business, ENR, City & State and Crain’s New York Business. She is a strong advocate for diversity and women’s empowerment, and a sought-after speaker on women’s leadership and work / family issues. In addition to numerous awards and accolades, Ms. Velez has been recognized by City & State as one of the “Manhattan Power 50”.


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