Dale Hemmerdinger, real estate mogul, has been nominated by Gov. Spitzer to be the new MTA Chairman to replace Peter Kalikow. That’s right, another huuuuge real estate giant in charge of the MTA. Not the end of the world since the MTA owns an ass load of property. However, a property guy might not be the best at managing infrastructure…no?
Wouldn’t more of a civil engineer type be better at this kind of gig? Personally, I think what the MTA needs is someone that has a focus on improving the service technology of the system.
It’s not a done deal yet. The State Assembly still needs to approve the nomination. So, you never know, but he’ll probably get in.
Of course, I’ve got nothing against the guy. As a matter of fact, he shows many Bloomberg like qualities in the way he runs his business. He appears to be a very straight forward guy that looks out for his people.