Republican candidate for New York City mayor Joe Lhota waves after casting his vote on November 5, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. New Yorkers went to the polls to choose between Lhota and Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.

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Joe Lhota resigns as head of MTA

November 09, 2018 - 10:24 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Joe Lhota is out as the head of the MTA. 

Lhota resigned as MTA chairman as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to begin his third term.

Lhota took the position as a part-time gig, while working as Chief of Staf at NYU Langone Health. He delegated responsibility for day-to-day operations to President Patrick Foye and managing director Veronique Hakim.

Lhota said he accepted the job to halt "the decline of service" and stabilize the system.

Lhota took the positionamid rising delays on the New York City subway. This September, the number of total delays dropped to its lowest point since February 2016.

An official told the Wall Street Journal that the governor's team and the MTA will immediately begin searching for a new chairman.