One of the MTA’s top officials is stepping down.
Managing Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim will leave her post later this year, the MTA announced Wednesday.
“With the MTA on the rebound and service improving across all agencies, I feel I can move on,” Hakim said in a statement to news outlets.
Hakim, 59, served as the executive director of NJ Transit from 2010 to 2014. In 2015, she was tapped by then-MTA Chair Tom Prendergast to lead the agency’s buses and subways division.
Before her stint in New Jersey, Hakim served for 23 years in various legal capacities within the MTA. She also temporarily served as acting MTA chair in 2017. Her official last day will be Nov. 27.
Hakim has been close with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who she accompanied on a fact-finding trip to Israel in June to study that country’s transit tech innovations.
“The Governor is incredibly grateful for Ronnie’s public service — she has done a great job and the MTA’s progress and the Subway Action Plan’s success would not have happened without her,” Cuomo rep Dani Lever said.
Hakim’s departure leaves a hole in the MTA’s power structure. A consultant-written reorganization plan approved by the MTA board over the summer proposed a joint “Chief Operating Officer” that bears similarity to Hakim’s role as managing director.
“She’s the best of the best,” said MTA board member Sarah Feinberg. “Thankfully, she’s also a great teacher and mentor, so the MTA is filled with senior talent who have learned from her along the way. It’s been a privilege to work closely with her.”
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