Baker aide attends T board executive session
Kadish, a T fixture, stirs speculation with visit
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S chief of staff attended a private, executive session of the MBTA’s oversight board on Monday, stirring speculation that a candidate for the T’s general manager’s post was being interviewed.
Members of the Fiscal Management and Control Board and several MBTA staffers declined comment on the executive session, which lasted close to two hours and interrupted the public portion of the meeting. An individual was definitely coming to the executive session because Joseph Aiello, the chairman of the control board, mentioned during the open session that he was awaiting someone’s arrival.
The control board’s agenda said the executive session was scheduled to discuss “strategy related to nonunion personnel, collective bargaining, real estate, and litigation.”
With the creation of the control board and Baker’s appointment of the five members, the governor effectively took control of the MBTA. Whether the agency demonstrates improvement and how it handles privatization efforts are likely to be key issues in the next campaign for governor, which may explain why Kadish has remained so heavily involved. The governor’s transportation secretary, Stephanie Pollack, also attended Monday’s executive session.