In something of a “surprise” move Monday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped former Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch to lead the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corp., according to the Connecticut Post.
Finch, who won the unanimous approval of the Thruway Authority’s board of directors later Monday, will serve as the agency’s acting executive director until he is either confirmed by the New York State Senate or until 60 days has passed, according to the Post, which reported that the appointment will become official after time.
Control of the Thruway Authority comes along with management of a $2.1 billion annual budget and more than 2,300 full-time employees, according to the Post.
Finch, a 60-year-old Democrat, lost his bid for re-election as Bridgeport mayor to Joe Ganim, a fellow Democrat who once served five years in prison for embezzling taxpayer funds, according to the Post.
According to the Post, Finch said he was “humbled by the opportunity” to serve in the position, which pays $175,000 annually.
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