- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - William J. Ronan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s first chairman, has died. He was 101.

His Wednesday death was announced on Friday by the agency he led for six years after his 1965 appointment by then-New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

Born in Buffalo and educated at Syracuse University and New York University, Ronan met Rockefeller two years before he became governor and later served as his personal secretary.

The MTA said the agency under Ronan’s leadership began ambitious construction projects, including new subway lines in Queens and the Second Avenue Subway.

Ronan presided over groundbreaking for the Second Avenue Subway in 1972, but the project was halted five years later during New York’s fiscal crisis. Construction resumed in 2007 and the subway line is scheduled to open in late 2016.

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