MTA chief Andy Byford responds to report he submitted resignation letter: 'I'm not going anywhere'

David Caplan
October 18, 2019 - 3:05 pm
Andy Byford

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYC Transit president Andy Byford on Friday said he is not leaving the agency, following a report that he had submitted a letter of resignation to MTA managing director Ronnie Hakim.

In response to a Politico report that claimed, according to unnamed sources, that Byford had submitted his resignation a week ago, he said in a statement, "I'm not going anywhere and I remain laser focused on improving day-to-day service for millions of New Yorkers and delivering a transformed transit network."

He continued, "The historic $51 billion capital plan provides a golden opportunity to further transform the subway and bus network — with unprecedented investments in accessibility — and my team and I are totally focused on achieving that. The Governor and I are on exactly the same page about the need to dramatically improve the transit system in New York and we now have the plan and the funding to do that."

The Politico report claimed that Byford was reconsidering his resignation -- after pressure from officials.

Without providing any addition information or context, MTA spokesperson Abbey Collins, simply stated, "The letter has been rescinded."