MTA Chairman Joe Lhota Resigns, Effective Immediately

Less than 18 months into Joe Lhota's second stint as MTA Chairman, he has resigned from the position.

Lhota has been under constant pressure to improve the condition of New York City's subway system, improving the Long Island Rail Road and setting up the MTA for its future. He has also concurrently served as chief of staff at NYU Langone Health, NBC New York reports.

Lhota also been widely praised for cleaning up dirty stations in the last year-and-a-half. In his first go-around with the MTA, he was lauded for responding quickly to subway tunnels that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo reappointed Lhota to the MTA in June 2017, four years after he left to run for mayor of New York City.

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