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New York City Council Transportation Chair James Vacca says that MTA will face a number of challenges in the years ahead, from preserving service for straphangers to completing many of the mega-projects across the city, all under the threat of further budget cuts. Jimmy points out that this is one of the most difficult jobs in the country, but addas that Joe Lhota’s successes as a Deputy Mayor for Operations and City Budget Director mean that he has the expertise and leadership needed to weather the storm ahead.

Jimmy says he heard from Mr. Lhota today and was encouraged by his enthusiasm and also by the fact that he has roots in the outer boroughs. When Vacca learned that he grew up in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, in his district, he felt a sense of relief.

This is not an out-of-towner. Mr. Lhota knows New York, he knows the transit system, and he knows the particular needs of folks in the outer reaches of the city. Vacca says he looks forward to working with him to improve service for all residents of this city.