Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recommended Joseph J. Lhota to serve as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lhota, whose appointment is dependent on confirmation from the senate, is expected to start serving as interim CEO within one month.

Lhota currently serves as the executive vice president/administration for Madison Square Garden Co. He once served as the NYC commissioner of finance and has been an MTA board member. Lhota also was the NYC deputy mayor for operations under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, as well as budget director.

Gov. Cuomo also selected Nuria Fernandez as COO of the MTA, and Kevin Rae as deputy secretary of transportation in the governor's office. Earlier this week, the governor announced his recommendation of Patrick J. Foye to become executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.