Joseph Giulietti is expected to be named the next president of Metro-North Railroad. Photo: Contributed Photo / Stamford Advocate Contributed
is expected to be named the next president of Metro-North Railroad
Photo: Contributed Photo
is expected to be named the next president of...
Palm Beach Mayor Steven L. Abrams, who oversees the board of Florida's Tri-Rail regional transit system, said the railroad's Executive Director Joseph Giulietti was an effective leader.
Neither Metro-North's parent agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, nor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office confirmed Giulietti
's appointment Tuesday, and Giulietti did not return calls for comment.
most notable accomplishment in Florida is a $300 million-plus project to double-track the Tri-Rail line, which was completed in 2006.
"I have the highest respect for Joseph Giulietti, and he has an industry-wide reputation as a great operational man," said Anthony Bottalico, the general chairman of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees.
Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James A. Redeker said Giulietti's experience with the New Haven Line system and management experience with Metro-North earlier in his career would help ensure Giulietti could come up to speed quickly to improve rail service.
Giulietti, who grew up in New Haven, received his bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 1974 with degrees in history and English.
He started his rail career in Connecticut in 1971 with the Penn Central Railroad as a brakeman, and continued as an operating rules manager for Con Rail between 1976 and 1983 after the federal government took over financially shaky rail systems.
When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took control of the New Haven Line in 1983, Giulietti served as a superintendent of train operations for the new Metro-North Railroad until 1998 when he left to work for Tri-Rail.
Union members will welcome Giulietti
's experience, the Association of Commuter Rail Employees' Bottalico
said, explaining that Giulietti was well regarded during his
long run earlier in his
career as a Metro-North
superintendent of train operations for Metro-North
, where he
oversaw various aspects of dispatching and operating trains.
The union's members include locomotive engineers, conductors, rail traffic controllers and yardmasters who coordinate day-to-day operations.
Looming staffing crisis
However, an official from another union, the New York Council of Machinists
, which represents more than 1,100 machinists, mechanics and other technical staff at the railroad, said Giulietti
will a looming staffing crisis in addition to safety, fiscal and quality of service issues.
Norman Brown, the Machinists' legislative director, said Giulietti will inherit the challenge of an ongoing top-to-bottom retirement exodus of Metro-North Railroad's most experienced managers and rank-and-file employees.