Williams as an Interim M.T.A. Chief, No Immediate Objections

ALBANY—News that Helena Williams will be tapped by David Paterson as the interim head of the M.T.A. is getting a warm reception so far.
“It’s too bad it’s only an interim appointment, because I think she’d be great,” said Neysa Pranger of the Regional Plan Association. “She does well in terms of balancing the needs of the community, politics, and the needs of the transit system.”
Williams has served as president of the Long Island Railroad since 2007. Two Democratic sources say she fills two very important criteria: she would be able to hit the ground running, and is not politically objectionable to anybody.