Jonathan A. Ballan has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to a six year term as a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Mr. Ballan was appointed by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon the recommendation of the County Executive of Westchester County, Robert P. Astorino.
Mr. Ballan is a Member of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and heads the firm's New York Public Finance practice group. He has served for many years in a number of significant appointed governmental positions, including as Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York, Chairman of the New York State Public Asset Fund, and Board Member and Chairman of the Capital Committee of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
The MTA develops and implements mass transportation policy for New York City and seven surrounding counties, including Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk counties. MTA operations include all NYC subway, bus and commuter railroads and nine intra state bridges and tunnels in New York City and transit expansion projects such as the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access projects. Its Board consists of a Chairman and 16 voting members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor, some on the recommendation of City and County officials in the MTA service region.
Mr. Ballan’s law practice involves municipal finance, public authority finance, economic development, project finance and privatization. He has broad experience developing innovative legal structures for financings for numerous state and local governments.
Mr. Ballan earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College, and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center.
Mr. Ballan is married, has four children and lives in Westchester County. He has been active in coaching children in local soccer, basketball and baseball leagues.