New Metro-North President to Start Feb. 10

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    Joseph Giulietti will take over as Metro-North president starting Feb. 10.

    Incoming Metro-North president Joseph Giulietti will officially begin Feb. 10, the MTA announced Wednesday.

    Giulietti will take over for outgoing president Howard Permut, who is retiring this month. Permut's last day is expected to be Jan. 31, according to Metro-North.

    Over the weekend, Blumenthal pressed Metro-North to delcare an official start date for Giulietti, whose presidency was announced Jan. 10.

    The senator asked that Giulietti take over immediately.

    Blumenthal issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the announcement of Giulietti's start date:

    “I am pleased that Metro-North released, at my urging, a start date for its incoming-President Joseph Giulietti today. Metro-North is in desperate need of a top-to-bottom culture change focused on safety and reliability. Mr. Giulietti’s first day on the job is a critical turning point in that process, but significant, meaningful changes are still needed in Metro-North’s personnel, practices, and procedures. I look forward to working with Mr. Giulietti in the months and years ahead as he works to return the railroad to the safe and reliable transportation system it once was.”

    Giulietti currently serves as executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Tri-Rail.