Embattled LIRR President Resigning

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Patrick Nowakowski is walking away from his position, effective Friday, after four years at the helm, the MTA confirmed. News of his plan to resign was reported earlier by Newsday.

The move comes less than a month after being slammed by the state comptroller for “unacceptable performance” and following endless complaints from fed up and frustrated commuters.

Last month, Nowakowski unveiled a Performance Improvement Plan that outlined goals for the rail road, including better maintenance, infrastructure upgrades and communication with customers.

In a statement, Nowakowski said he “took a few days off to think about things.”

“I’m pleased with the direction the railroad is headed under the Performance Improvement Plan, and I decided that now was a good time to step aside and allow new leadership to continue the progress we’ve begun to make on improving customer service,” he said.

“I thank Pat for his service to LIRR customers and his…

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