One of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s disputable top advisors has at long last stopped the MTA board.
Larry Schwartz authoritatively left the travel board on Dec. 31, subsequent to reporting his unavoidable takeoff in October, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said Tuesday.
“Larry Schwartz has left the MTA Board, and the Governor is thankful for his public help,” Hochul representative Hazel Crampton-Hays said in an assertion.
The long-term Cuomo compatriot was referenced multiple times in the state Attorney General Letitia James’ test of the ex-lead governor’s supposed badgering of various ladies while in office. Schwartz’s true renunciation was first announced by amNew York.
He was explicitly blamed for involving his job as state COVID-19 vaccine czar to run cover for Cuomo in the midst of examinations into sexual-harassment allegations against him.
Hochul had said anybody named in the report would not be essential for her organization. Linda Lacewell, who’s known as Cuomo’s “enforcer” and was referenced multiple times in the AG report, surrendered not long after his resignation.
State senators last Thursday affirmed new MTA Chair Janno Leiber and Hochul’s pick to supplant Lacewell, development honcho Elizabeth Velez. The lead representative has one more MTA board vacancy to fill.
Schwartz, who filled in as top assistant to Cuomo from 2011 to 2015, assumed the part of “enforcer” for the then-lead representative’s needs. Simply this late spring, he singularly concluded there would be no admission climbs in 2021 – and the remainder of the board concurred.
He likewise played a forceful job in his concise residency as vaccine czar. At a certain point, he took steps to show areas out of the inoculation program assuming that they neglected to observe the state’s rules for who ought to be focused on for shots, media recently revealed.
“Larry was most certainly a mishmash,” said Lisa Daglian of the MTA’s in-house citizens committee. “In any case, he ended up being beneficial for riders by starting that passage freeze this year.”