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Chairman of NYS Thruway Authority Resigns

Posted at 7:47 AM, Dec 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-04 09:01:14-05

The Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority announced his resignation before the winter storm. Board members tell 7 Eyewitness news they had no idea until they found out this week.

Billionaire developer Howard Milstein mailed his resignation letter to Governor Cuomo on November 13th to take effect November 30th. Board members said it wasn’t until Wednesday when they found out and it came as a surprise.

"I started receiving some phone calls and such, and none of the other board members heard of it either. It was kind of a surprise to all of us.” Board Member Donna Luh said.

7 Eyewitness News obtained a copy of Milstein’s resignation letter.

“It is an appropriate time for me to return full-time to my other business and philanthropic activities and to pass the baton to a successor,” Milstein said.

The Thruway Authority came under fire for how it handled the winter storm. Board members said they don’t believe Milstein’s resignation has anything to do with the criticisms. Vice Chair of the Thruway Authority Donna Luh will now take over until Governor Cuomo finds a full-time replacement. She said she still hasn’t heard from Milstein and heard of his resignation through the grapevine.