The longer term management of the nation’s largest transit system, together with the nomination of the primary lady to carry the highest job, was unexpectedly solid into doubt by state lawmakers on Wednesday.
Leaders of the Democratic-controlled State Senate indicated that they might not vote on a proposal by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that will place Sarah Feinberg, a detailed ally of Mr. Cuomo’s, to change into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subsequent chairwoman.
The transfer was the most recent rebuke of Mr. Cuomo by members of his personal celebration because the governor tries to navigate a number of crises and overlapping investigations which have left him politically weakened.
The governor had nominated Ms. Feinberg, 42, on Tuesday to succeed Patrick J. Foye, the chairman and chief government officer of the authority, which runs New York Metropolis’s subway and buses and two commuter prepare strains.
Mr. Cuomo’s plan was to have Ms. Feinberg share what had been Mr. Foye’s duties with Janno Lieber, who would oversee the transit system day-to-day operations because the authority’s chief government.
However splitting the job that manner required legislative approval that will have given Mr. Cuomo even larger management of an company over which he already holds tight reins.
As at the moment structured, the mixed roles require Senate affirmation, however below Mr. Cuomo’s proposal, he and future governors would have sole authority to nominate the chief government. The authority’s chair would nonetheless have wanted Senate affirmation.
Critics of the governor’s transfer, together with Richard Ravitch, a former authority chairman, noticed it as an try to institutionalize his energy over the M.T.A.
The 2 roles have been held by completely different individuals up to now, however a 2008 fee led by Mr. Ravitch helped spur laws that reunited the roles right into a single job as a part of an effort to revive the chief government’s independence.
The proposal was launched within the Legislature this week, the final week of this yr’s legislative session. However when Senate Democrats met to debate it on Tuesday, it shortly grew to become clear there was not sufficient help for the invoice, stated Michael Gianaris, a Democrat and the Senate’s deputy majority chief.
“The governor is making an attempt a restructuring of the highest echelon of the M.T.A. with little or no discover and in such a manner that the members of the Senate aren’t snug,” Mr. Gianaris stated. “The notion that we had been going to rubber stamp an effort to have even much less oversight and extra consolidation of energy within the government isn’t one thing we’re desirous about.”
Mr. Gianaris stated that lawmakers had raised issues in regards to the construction of the invoice and its timing and even about Ms. Feinberg herself. Mr. Gianaris stated that she “had ceaselessly taken to the rostrum to echo the governor’s assaults and that form of politicization isn’t one thing we’re desirous about.”
He added, “The concept of dropping one thing like that on the eleventh hour anticipating us to rubber stamp it’s a large miscalculation.”
Neither the M.T.A. or Mr. Cuomo’s workplace responded instantly to requests for remark.
It was unclear whether or not the Meeting, the place Democrats additionally maintain the bulk, would transfer to vote on the invoice.