Elliot “Lee” Sander, the M.T.A.’s executive director since January 2007, is leaving the freshly bailed-out authority. According to a release from the M.T.A, he submitted his resignation to Governor Paterson today, effective May 22.
His departure has been the subject of some speculation for weeks, as the restructuring of the M.T.A. that accompanied its bailout—finally agreed upon last night—called for the consolidation of the executive director and chairman positions. Current chairman Dale Hemmerdinger, also, is widely expected to cede his post.
Sander’s resignation does not appear to be of his own volition, given that Sander said just yesterday that he had no plans to leave.
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