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UPDATED: Obama nominates Anthony Coscia to Amtrak board

This news comes from Railway Age.

President Barack Obama nominated a top official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to serve on Amtrak’s board of directors. Anthony Coscia has been chairman of the Port Authority’s board of commissioners since April 2003.

UPDATE: A reader posted the link to the official White House announcement, which names two proposed directors for the Amtrak board.

Bert DiClemente, Nominee for Director, AMTRAK Board of Directors
Bert DiClemente is currently serving as the Vice President of CB Richard Ellis, Inc., which is the largest commercial real estate company in the world. He has been serving in this capacity since 2003. Prior to this position, he worked for Insignia/ESG and Jackson Cross & Associates as Director and Associate Director.   He was responsible for the leasing and selling of commercial real estate and represented a number of Fortune 500 Companies.   Mr. DiClemente also served from 1977-1997 as the State Director for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Wilmington, DE.  In this capacity, he was responsible for three statewide Senate offices and was a senior staff advisor to the Senator on all issues and policies related to the State of Delaware. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.A. in political science.

This is good news. The Board needs to be at full strength. The next shoe dropping will be that of Mr. Boardman. Stay tuned.

(And I don’t have any inside information. There is a decision due there soon and you have to believe that current President is a long-shot.)

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics

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October 2009