Mayor de Blasio nominated Victor Calise for appointment to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board. Calise has served as the Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities since 2012, and is a recognized expert on accessibility. As Commissioner, Calise is responsible for ensuring that New Yorkers with disabilities have equal access to everything that the City has to offer.
“Victor’s relentless pursuit to make New York City the most accessible place in the world is exactly the type of ardent leadership we need on the MTA Board,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Victor believes in his heart that it is our civic and moral duty to make our subways, buses and Access-A-Ride services more inclusive for everyone. From his rich personal history and longtime advocacy for the disability community, Victor will make a great addition to this Board.”
“I am honored to be nominated to the MTA Board by Mayor de Blasio," said Victor Calise, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. "To be the only person with a self-disclosed disability currently on the MTA Board is an important responsibility that I will not take lightly. I look forward to working with the Governor’s Office and the State Senate on my confirmation and pledge to advocate for a transit system that works well for everyone—including the millions of New Yorkers and visitors who have intellectual/developmental, vision, hearing or physical disabilities.”
Speaker Corey Johnson said: “Victor is a great guy, and I look forward to working with him to improve our mass transit system. We desperately need to improve the accessibility of our subways, and I know Victor will be a strong voice for this issue. Also, Victor’s a New Yorker, so I know he will push the Board to focus more on the needs of bus and subway riders, which is a priority of mine as well. I urge the State Senate to confirm him swiftly.”
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