Joseph J. Lhota

Joseph J. Lhota
Joseph J. Lhota
  • Born: October 7, 1954
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Businessman

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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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Everybody knows I return all of my phone calls. I pick up my cell phone myself, much to the chagrin of my staff.
I cannot be separated from Rudy Giuliani, but I am also not Rudy Giuliani.
I do fear God, but I will also tell you that when a doctor diagnoses you and the word 'cancer' comes out of his mouth, at that point, it changes your life and you do fear less and it also has allowed me to be a lot more open as a person. It's changed me. Life ;Religion & God
I don't think the Port Authority does a good enough job in anything that they do, quite honestly, but clearly in the area of security. Those cops get paid more than N.Y.P.D. cops, and quite honestly - I know I'm going to get into trouble for saying this - they're nothing more than mall cops.
I have gone to Albany constantly in my capacity as budget director, because I don't think the way the transit authority works with the City of New York is very appropriate.
I have voted for a Republican for president ever since I was voting and since I was 18 years old.
I was involved as deputy mayor in New York City on 9/11.
I was involved in some of the very first meetings that created the maps that showed what would happen if you had a Category 1, 2 or 3 hurricane in New York.
I'm never surprised by the insensitivity of 'The New York Times' editorial board.
Margaret Thatcher was a 20th century visionary who understood the power of individual freedom versus the tyranny of government collectivism. She was a loyal supporter and friend of the United States and her terms as prime minister were marked as the beginning of the resurgence of the economy of the United Kingdom. Power ;Government ;Freedom & Liberty
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 immemoriam 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.
New York is in my DNA.
People should be respected for the strength of their convictions, and I also believe in freedom of expression. Freedom & Liberty
The bracelet says 'Fear Nothing.' It was given to me by my friends, and it was made for me and my friends during the period of time that I was going through chemotherapy. And I still wear it, because it's a great reminder of friendship and how my buddies and others came together in my time of need. Time ;Friendship
The 'Libertarian' thing was a mistake on my part for saying it, but I am.
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
There is no reason for anybody to have an assault weapon.
This idea of tying me to Giuliani is quite unique. I know Rudy Giuliani. I like Rudy Giuliani. I worked with him during his administration. But we're completely different people.
What I learned from 9/11 that is really important, first and foremost, you have to motivate all the workers and understand that they've left their families to help clean up a pretty awful situation. Every time you have an emergency management situation, it's all about teamwork. Time