Malliotakis to Host Forum on Future Of MTA and Transportation on Staten Island

May 17, 2018

On June 7, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I, Ref-Brooklyn/Staten Island) will host a discussion on the future of the MTA and its impact on transportation on Staten Island. This event will take place at the McGinn Educational Center Auditorium at 475 Seaview Avenue in Staten Island from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The panel will consist of Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Nicole Gelinas, Transportation Engineer and Designer of Move NY Plan Sam Schwartz and NYC Planning Commissioner and former MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli. Malliotakis will serve as moderator and topics will include tolling, congestion pricing proposals, infrastructure investments, how New York City’s transit system can meet the demands of our city’s population and economic growth. Attendees will hear an informative discussion from the speakers followed by an opportunity to have questions answered by the expert panelists.

“The MTA is behind the times in meeting the population growth and economic demands of today. I am bringing together three transportation experts for a positive and informative discussion on how we can fix the MTA and provide better transportation options to New Yorkers,” said Malliotakis. “Despite pumping lots of money into the system through Verrazano Bridge tolls, Staten Island remains one of the city’s largest transportation deserts. We have long advocated for projects such as the West Shore Rail, North Shore Bus Rapid Transit and a South Shore Ferry that will take cars off the road and ease commutes, but the question of how we will pay for it always arises. I believe our panelists will have unique perspectives on the changes necessary to improve our transportation network and bring it into the 21st Century.”

Nicole Gelinas has worked as a contributing editor for City Journal and as a columnist at the New York Post. She writes on numerous issues, including economics and finance. Sam Schwartz is the president, CEO and founder of Sam Schwartz Consulting, where he specializes in engineering, transportation and planning. He has written columns for various papers like the New York Daily News and the New York Downtown Express. He’s also served as New York City’s traffic commissioner and as chief engineer at the NYC Department of Transportation. Allen Cappelli served on the MTA Board for eight years before taking on the role of civil service commissioner.