PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
January 14, 2011

Contact:
Veronica Vanterpool, Kate Slevin
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
(212) 268-7474, (917) 833-9259

Statement on Nomination of Joan McDonald as NY State DOT Commissioner

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign welcomes the nomination of Joan McDonald as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.  Since 2008, NYSDOT has lacked a commitment to progressive transportation policy and this choice marks a new era for the stagnant agency. Ms. McDonald showed a clear commitment to promoting an economic investment strategy focused on transit oriented and smart growth development while Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. We expect Ms. McDonald’s solid experience to guide the way towards a more progressive transportation agenda and to further promote Governor Cuomo’s sustainability goals.  The transportation needs of New York are great. Strong leadership and vision is needed to help the state recover from its economic woes and improve its deteriorating infrastructure. 

Upon taking office, we urge Ms. McDonald to focus on implementing the recently signed Smart Growth Infrastructure bill.  We also offer the following initial recommendations as she assumes leadership of NYSDOT:

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.