FISHKILL – The chairman of the Metro-North Committee of the MTA
Board is retiring. James Sedore of Fishkill has served on the board for
over two decades.
In an email to Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro notifying him of his retirement, Sedore said as a 22-year member of the board and chairman of the Metro-North Committee, “I ensured that our transportation concerns and needs were brought to the forefront of the authority’s agenda. My underlying principal has always been to bring value to both the MTA commuters and Dutchess County.”
Sedore said working with the board and administration, “I believe we have set the MTA on the right path.”
During his tenure, Sedore, who is a Republican, has been appointed by GOP and Democratic governors, but this last six years he was a holdover, who was not confirmed by Andrew Cuomo.
“It has been a very exciting 22 years and I am going to miss it, but to me it was a little too political,” he said. “I just felt I wanted to get out on my terms, not on anyone else’s.”
Molinaro called Sedore “a vocal advocate for Dutchess County” and during his time on the board, “we have seen exponential growth in passenger ridership on both lines, during both peak and off-peak hours.”
During Sedore’s tenure, Molinaro noted $40 million in investments for the Poughkeepsie train station, improvements to the New Hamburg station, over $20 million in investments at the Beacon station, creation of two new stations and some 400 parking spaces on the Harlem Line, construction of the MTA training facilities in Stormville, and launch of the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry in 2005.
Molinaro, who has the authority to recommend a new candidate for the board slot to the governor, said he will do so in the coming weeks. A new term on the board will begin in July.