The MTA's construction chief, Janno Lieber, is expected to become the agency's chief executive officer in an acting capacity, according to sources familiar with the leadership move.

This decision follows a failed attempt by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who controls the MTA, to overhaul the agency's leadership. Lawmakers in Albany did not act on Cuomo's proposal to split the role of board chair and CEO into two positions.


What You Need To Know

  • Janno Lieber, the MTA's chief development officer, is expected to become an acting MTA CEO and chairman

  • Lieber replaces Patrick Foye, the current MTA CEO and chairman, who is stepping down to lead the Empire State Development Corporation

  • Gov. Cuomo proposed to split the role of CEO and board chair into two posts, but Albany lawmakers did not act on it

Cuomo nominated Lieber, the MTA's chief development officer, to become its permanent chief executive. Cuomo then nominated Sarah Feinberg, currently the MTA's interim president of New York City Transit, to become chair of the board.

The current MTA chairman and CEO, Patrick Foye, is leaving the agency on Friday. He was Cuomo's nominee to become the interim chief of the Empire State Development Corporation.

Feinberg also told NY1 she is stepping down from her post, after leading the agency in charge of subway, bus and para-transit operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

It has not been announced who will take over the role of president at NYC Transit.

An MTA spokesman declined to comment.

Lieber, as chief development officer, oversees the MTA's capital spending programs, which includes subway signal upgrades, elevator installations at stations and projects like the extension of the Second Avenue subway to East Harlem.

The leadership change hits the MTA as it is trying to encourage as many people to take mass transit after the coronavirus pandemic caused ridership to plunge, hammering its finances.