MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota Resigns to Run for Mayor image

Joseph Lhota plans to quit his position as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run for mayor.

Lhota has already told Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration about his plans to resign as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and candidate on the Republican ticket. His resignation is expected on Friday, December 21st. In New York City Democrats outnumber Republicans 6 to 1, that is why over the past weeks Republicans have struggled to find a candidate able of taking on the rivals’ strong field.

Lhota, who was a deputy mayor under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has really made an impression as he managed to get the subways back up after the damage of Hurricane Sandy. If until now Democrats had a sure win, Lhota is expected to shake things up a little. The fact that Lhota is the former executive vice president of the Madison Square Garden Company will offer him a lead in this race.

Still, Lhota has a lot of work ahead, as a recent Quinnipiac poll found that 38% of the polled New Yorkers approved the way he handles his job, while 45% disapprove. Other Republicans who plan to candidate for the GOP ticket are Manhattan Media CEO Tom Allo, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., and George McDonald, the founder and president of The Doe Fund. The Democratic side includes Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Comptroller John Liu and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.