De Blasio Nominates Disability Commissioner To MTA Board.

February 10, 2020

The New York Post (2/10, Meyer) reports Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest MTA board pick would be the board’s first disabled member. De Blasio appointed Victor Calise, who’s currently commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, “for one of the city’s two open slots on the transit agency’s board, City Hall announced Monday.” In a statement, de Blasio said, “Victor believes in his heart that it is our civic and moral duty to make our subways, buses and Access-A-Ride services more inclusive for everyone,” adding, “[His] relentless pursuit to make New York City the most accessible place in the world is exactly the type of ardent leadership we need on the MTA Board.” According to the Post, “The appointment is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who must decide whether to put him up for a state Senate confirmation vote.”

        The New York Daily News (2/10, Guse) reports that in a statement, Calise said, “The MTA Board is an important responsibility that I will not take lightly,” adding, “[I] pledge to advocate for a transit system that works well for everyone – including the millions of New Yorkers and visitors who have intellectual/developmental, vision, hearing or physical disabilities.”

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