Former Mayor Bill Finch has been pushed out as director of the New York Thruway Authority. Finch is hoping to land another post in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The governor’s office issued this statement:
“Bill Finch is a talented, dedicated leader and he is currently pursuing a new role to continue his state service, which will be announced at the appropriate time.”
The governor has been pushing the Thruway, which is operated by a theoretically independent public authority, to adopt cashless tolling across the board. Bill Finch, its executive director, told lawmakers during a February budget hearing that there were “no plans” to do so.
Sources said the declared lack of enthusiasm dis-endeared Finch, the former mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., to the governor. At Tuesday’s event, Cuomo announced what POLITICO reported in June: that Finch was being pushed out in favor of Matt Driscoll, the former mayor of Syracuse and current commissioner of the Department of Transportation.
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