2006_12_sander.jpgDays away from becoming Governor, Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer appointed twelve people to head various state agencies, including the Port Authority and the MTA. Well, MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow, a Pataki appointee, says he's not leaving just yet, but it seems like Elliot Sander (pictured), who was made the executive director and CEO of the MTA, will eventually take over the chairmanship. Sander is currently a corporate senior VP at transportation engineering firm DMJM Harris but may be better known to some New Yorkers as the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service.

New Port Authority head Anthony Shorris said his team would take another look at Freedom Tower and Ground Zero development, but added, "I also think the number one priority of the governor is to get ground zero moving. The last thing that any of us wants to see is a slowing down of the progress," as well as admit that there was "very limited" opportunity to change anything with Freedom Tower. In other words: "We'll try to put our stamp on it, but we're not going to drag it out any more than Pataki's people already have."

You can read about the other appointments here