Joe Lhota

(Joseph J. Lhota)

Joe Lhota
Joe Lhota
  • Born: October 7, 1954
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Joseph J. Lhota /ˈloʊtə/ is an American public servant and a former politician. He served as the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and was also a former deputy mayor of New York City. He was the Republican nominee in an unsuccessful bid for the 2013 election for Mayor of New York City. In January 2014, he became senior vice president, vice dean, and chief of staff at NYU Langone Medical Center. In 2017, he returned to the chairmanship of the MTA, but would not run the authority day-to-day. He resigned from that position in 2018.

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Government is to point you in the right direction, and not to do everything for you. Government
Government should steer, not row. Government
I am extremely respectful of the Jewish community. You know, I am Christian. I think of Jews as my older brothers. I mean, there wouldn't be Christianity without the Jewish religion. There is a direct connection between the two of them. Religion & God
I cannot be separated from Rudy Giuliani. But I am also not Rudy Giuliani.
I have Czech, I have Russian, I have English, I have Italian. Uh, what am I missing? A little bit of Irish. The Russian is Jewish. So I'm your classic American mutt.
I have voted for a Republican for president ever since I was voting and since I was 18 years old.
I know Rudy Giuliani. I like Rudy Giuliani. I worked with him during his administration. But we're completely different people.
I still am a virulent anti-communist. It is a bad system, an immoral system, and one that takes away the rights of people and the rights of individuals. And everywhere it's gone, it's failed.
I was born a limited-government person. I've always had this streak going through me.
I was born here in the city, born in the Bronx. Son of a cop. One grandfather was a taxi driver; the other was a firefighter. New York is in my DNA.
I was the first one in my family to go to college. Families, Children & Parenting
I would leave school every day and walk to my grandparents' house under the El because everyone worked. I was 6 and walking home alone from school. It was a different city and a different time. Time
In 1964, I tried to convince my grandfather, who was active in the New York City firefighters union, to vote for Barry Goldwater over Lyndon Johnson because at the time I thought his approach to limited government was right on. Time ;Government
It's been 35 years since I left school. Almost nine of them were in government; all the rest were in the private sector. And I've proven over time to be a great leader. Time ;Government
I've been marching in every single ethnic nationality parade all throughout the City of New York. We're all Americans first and foremost, but people understand their heritage and it's good to see.
Mayors of New York have been elected not because of their party label, but because of their philosophy and their approach overall, and that has been since time immemorial in New York, that people are not party-oriented in New York. Time
My best quality is that I talk to everyone. My worst quality is that I talk to everyone.
My dad was a New York City cop. His father was a New York City fireman. And my mother's dad was a city taxi driver. Families, Children & Parenting
My earliest memories are of my father explaining to me the American Dream and how he expected me to do better than he did.
My favorite is always the book that I'm currently reading.
New York is in my DNA.
Rudy Giuliani did some phenomenal things in the city if you think of the transformation of the city and the quality of life. Life
The mayor of New York is the chief executive of the city. It is a complex organization, and it requires the requisite skills to understand how to be the leader of the people and manage the government of N.Y. Government
The role of government is to steer us in the right direction, not do all the work for us. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no reason for anybody to have an assault weapon.
There were 23 or 24 separate tax cuts during the Giuliani administration. I'd love to be able to equal that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We've made tremendous strides and changes in the City of New York since 1994.
What was unique about me being in City Hall during the Giuliani Administration, I was the only one who wasn't an attorney. I may have been the only one who didn't work in a prosecutor's office. So I took a completely different point of view on how the city should be run. Very close to a business, very close on metrics and numbers. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Would I be the 3rd term of Rudy Giuliani or the 4th term of Mike Bloomberg? It'll be neither. It'll be the first term of Joe Lhota. We're all different.