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Dutchess Rep To MTA Board Will Step Down

James L. Sedore Jr.
James L. Sedore Jr. Photo Credit: Provided

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – After 22 years, it’s time for a change, said James L. Sedore Jr. as he announced his intentions to step down as Dutchess County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board.

Sedore, a Fishkill resident and certified public accountant who was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994, sent an email to County Executive Marc Molinaro saying he would stay on until a new appointment is made.

His current six-year term expires in June.

"After 22 years, however, I believe it is time for a change – both for me and for the county,” Sedore wrote.

Molinaro said he expects to submit a recommendation for Sedore’s replacement to Gov. Andrew Cuomo shortly.

The county executive praised Sedore for “his decades of dedicated service,” calling him a “vocal advocate” for the county.

During Sedore’s tenure, Molinaro said, the county has seen “exponential growth” in passenger ridership on both the Hudson and Harlem rail lines.

He also credited Sedore with championing “millions of dollars in investments” on the lines that boosted both the local economy and tourism industry.

Sedore chaired the MTA committee and also chaired its audit committee.

He was also a member of the Capital Program Oversight, Corporate Governance, Finance, Safety, and Long Island Rail Road committees.

Molinaro also highlighted the investments and improvements that Metro North Railroad has completed during Sedore’s tenure:

  • Investments totaling $40 million at the Poughkeepsie Train Station.
  • Improvements at the New Hamburg Train Station, including parking lot expansion.
  • More than $20 million in investment at the Beacon Train Station for station access improvements.
  • Creation of two new stations and nearly 400 parking spaces along the Harlem Line.
  • Launch of the Newburgh-Beacon ferry in 2005 with connections to Hudson Line train service.

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