The Tragedy of Transportation: Underfunding Our Future
Richard RavitchFormer Lieutenant Governor, New York
Richard Ravitch is a lawyer, businessman, and public official who has been engaged in private and public business for more than 50 years. Mr. Ravitch is drawn to public service as a lifelong New Yorker. Educated at Columbia College and Yale Law School, he has become known as “Mr Fix-It” because of his “renaissance man” abilities to problem solve difficult problems. In 2012, he co-chaired the New York State Budget Crisis Task Force. He served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York from 2009 to 2010.
Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Ravitch served as chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, the Bowery Savings Bank, HRH Construction Corporation, and AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. He also was called upon by Major League Baseball to negotiate a labor agreement on behalf of the owners. Mr. Ravitch was also selected by Governor Hugh Carey to lead the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1979 during the agency’s most troubled time. He is widely credited as having been the catalyst for the restoration of the MTA in subsequent years.
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