Driscoll to take top job at state DOT

Times Union | April 8, 2015 | Column by Matthew Hamilton

Driscoll would move from another agency to succeed McDonald

New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. President Matthew Driscoll speaks during a Public Authorities Control Board meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The board has approved half of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


The head of the state's environmental project assistance arm is poised to take over theDepartment of Transportation, a Cuomo administration official confirmed Wednesday.

Matthew Driscoll, the state Environmental Facilities Corporation president and CEO, will be nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be his next DOT commissioner following the exit of current Commissioner Joan McDonald.

Driscoll, whose appointment will require Senate approval, was Syracuse's mayor from 2001 to 2009. He has led the EFC since 2010, and is currently overseeing the state's appeal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's disqualification of nearly all of a $500 million loan from the federal Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund to pay for part of the high-priced Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.

McDonald was appointed in 2011 at the beginning of Cuomo's first term. Time Warner Cable News reported that she is expected to leave the agency later this year.

The shake-up follows a pattern of turnover in Cuomo's second term as he has cycled through staff members and some top-level appointees in favor of new faces. He has changed press secretaries (John Kelly replaced Matt Wing), signed on a new secretary (Bill Mulrow replaced Larry Schwartz), and has had to shuffle in a new director of the Thruway Authority (Bob Megna) and Thruway Authority chair (Howard Milstein) after resignations opened those two posts.

Driscoll would take over as DOT grapples with the question of how to maintain aging infrastructure across the state. The state is in the midst of replacing the Kosciuszko Bridge in Brooklyn, its largest project in history at $555 million, trying to figure out what to do with the stretch of I-81 that cuts through the heart of Syracuse, and mounting major local projects that include the replacement of bridges that carry the Northway over Albany Shaker Road in Colonie at Exit 4.

DOT also has turned its attention to the influx of oil trains that roll across New York — and converge in Albany — on the way to refineries.

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commented 2015-04-09 16:20:46 -0400 · Flag
Not too much hope for anyone who qualifies for a top job in the Cuomo administration. He’s going to have to be a ‘yes’ man if we isn’t already.
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