Governor Hochul announces nominations for the MTA board



Governor Hochul announced today that Janno Lieber has been nominated as Chairman and CEO of the MTA Board of Directors and Elizabeth Velez has been nominated for the MTA Board of Directors.

“As governor, my first duty to New Yorkers is to ensure that those who serve our state are experienced, committed, and ready to address the challenges we face.” said Governor Hochul. “Janno is leading the MTA with knowledgeable management and vision, and Elizabeth will bring a wealth of invaluable knowledge and expertise to our shared challenges. These are strong, competent leaders who will help guide the MTA through this critical time. We will continue to do so. ” Make appointments to ensure that our transport system does justice to the drivers. “

“I am honored and grateful to be nominated by Governor Hochul, who has been a supporter of an intelligent transportation system that serves all New Yorkers from day one. I look forward to working with the governor, her team and our legislative partners to ensure that the metros, buses and 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 and will be an excellent addition to the Board of Directors, and I look forward to working with her on key MTA issues, including a historic capital program that will be modernized and expanded. ” of the transit network and provide New Yorkers with greater equity and accessibility in the years to come. “

“I am very pleased to have been nominated by Governor Hochul for the MTA Board of Directors”, said Elizabeth Velez. “The MTA is an important connection point for New Yorkers across our city. With the inflow of infrastructure dollars imminent, the MTA is central to not only improving critical transportation, but creating opportunities in both workforce and procurement that will impact our communities. “

Janno dear is nominated as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board. He has been acting chairman and CEO since July 2021.

In his role at MTA Construction and Development, Mr. Lieber oversaw the 55 billion bridges and tunnels. He is responsible for upgrades of signals and other large systems, system expansions and mega-projects such as East Side Access, the second phase of the Second Avenue Subway and the third track expansion of the main line of the Long Island Rail Road. In addition, he is responsible for the expansion and professionalization of the MTA’s project management as well as for the integration of real estate planning and business development into the MTA’s 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 planning, design and construction issues. Business, finance and legal affairs; and public affairs, government and community relations.

Early in his career, he held positions on the boards of President Bill Clinton and the Mayor of New York Ed Koch, and worked as a lawyer in a private law firm.

Elizabeth Velez is nominated for the MTA board. She is currently President of the Velez Organization, a second generation construction company operating in. Founded

1972 by her father Andrew Velez. She has earned hundreds of projects completed under her leadership, including over 600 housing units made affordable through state and federal grants in the Bronx and Harlem, and over $ 10 billion in major educational, health and major projects across the world New York.

She is the trustee of Boricua College; an accredited private facility serving primarily Latinas in three New York locations. She serves on the boards of numerous New York City and New York State agencies, industry nonprofits, and youth mentoring and scholarship groups. She serves on the board of directors for Catholic Charities and the New York City Police Foundation. She is currently the Commissioner for the New York Property Tax Reform Commission. Following the catastrophic landing of Hurricane Maria, Elizabeth was appointed to the NY Booths with the Puerto Rico Recovery & Rebuilding Committee, the NY Memorial Commission for Hurricane Maria, and has led numerous employee and economic development programs – including a field office in Ponce Puerto Rico. On the international front, Ms. Velez is co-chair of Iran 180 – an organization that advocates human rights and the end of Iran’s nuclear threat. She writes for 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 an outspoken advocate of the diversity and empowerment of women and a sought-after speaker on leadership and the compatibility of work and family. In addition to numerous awards and recognitions, Ms. Velez was recognized by City & State as one of the “Manhattan Power 50”.



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