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Maria Augimeri appointed new TTC chair

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 19, 2014

toronto maria augimeriVeteran councillor Maria Augimeri is the new TTC chair. Late this afternoon, 23 members of council carefully wrote the name of the long-time York Centre representative on their sheet of blue ballot paper, two more than for rival Councillor Josh Colle.

Augimeri promised to deliver "good, solid work" while in the position but was at pains to position herself as a temporary placeholder. "I'm a very hard worker and I run meetings very well," she said. "I hope with Andy Byford as a partner to move forward to try and claw back the funding we lost from the province so many years ago."

Outgoing chair Stintz will formally resign on Saturday to focus on her upcoming run for mayor in the October election.

Augimeri, a 16-year council veteran, supported the light rail option for Scarborough while Colle, a councillor nearing the end of his first term, voted for a subway extension. It's not expected that either of the candidates will re-visit the issue in the remaining months of this term of council.

"The people have spoken - they've spoken five times, so I say the issue is a closed issue now," she said. "The funding has to be found. I'm disappointed in the extra half per cent people are going to be paying for it, I don't think that's something people swallow very it well, it's a bitter pill."

Mayor Rob Ford tried unsuccessfully to place his brother Councillor Doug Ford on the ballot - only existing TTC board members are eligible to hold the position. Both Ford brothers and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly voted for Colle.

City council will vote again on a TTC chair following the municipal election later this year.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Chris Bateman/blogTO



Gary / February 20, 2014 at 12:46 am
Stintz official launch of her exit from public life. She doesn't stand a chance in the election!
She'll be writing for the Post, the Star or MacLeans Within 6 month giving us her transit spin.
Tania replying to a comment from Ken Yeuth / February 20, 2014 at 01:45 am
James / February 20, 2014 at 06:30 am
Council voted 23-21. Quite the split vote, almost as many didn't vote for her as those that did.
coxwell station flute player / February 20, 2014 at 07:29 am
i am majority of toronto peeple bcuz i no speak and no write good english. i is vote for rob ford, i am being immigrant and my peeple putted rob ford and doug ford in power. this maria eggmary i not know her. she say ttc crowdy. she crazy. ttc is big party when bus and train have too much peeple. i like to touchy touchy peeple when crowded. i learn touchy touchy from rob ford. he say he touchy touchy lisi, massoudi, and one time he try touchy touchy stinz. he crazy fat man. we like rob ford he so dumb he no finish school, he smoke funny stuff and he like KFC. peeple vote rob ford, he support peeple who no speak english.
Every other immigrant / February 20, 2014 at 07:38 am
We will never vote for Mayor Hate again.
Donna / February 20, 2014 at 08:15 am
This is only a temp position a caretaker position until Dec as Stintz has stepped down to run for mayor.

Stints more years!!!!
Sam / February 20, 2014 at 09:27 am
Stintz will be CEO of Bixi by 2015!
NotThatDave replying to a comment from Rich / February 20, 2014 at 09:49 am
Makes sense Ford & Co. voted her in. He drives a big SUV and chants "subways, subways, subways" with every inebriated breath.
Dougson / February 20, 2014 at 09:51 am
Oh look, another corrupt Italian to run our city
Squintz / February 20, 2014 at 09:53 am
Good riddance to Stintz! She has zero chance of being elected and achieved nothing in her time on the TTC. Privatize the TTC now so we can stop paying for these useless bureaucrats.
realityCheck / February 20, 2014 at 03:13 pm
@Squintz... so you think "privatizing" is the solution to the increase in TTC fares? Consider what happened to the cost of tolls on the 407 after it was privatized and then give your head a shake. There are problems with the TTC, but most examples of transit privatization that have occurred have lead to HIGHER PRICED fares for passengers. Witness the experiment in London. Witness also the out of control hydro prices in Ontario, which to a large extent, originated with the policy (initiated by Harris but continued/modulated by McGuinty) to break up Ontario Hydro into various parts that were to run as private businesses. I'm not against privatization of public sector services or parts of public sector services...BUT all too often privatization is pushed as a panacea when there is no evidence that it improves value for citizens. In some cases it does improve services... but in many more cases, the only benefit is to the private firm taking over the delivery of the service.
Stintz is best lay on council / February 20, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Yes she is! I'm Hazel McCallion and I approved this comment.
Irwin Mimico / February 20, 2014 at 08:35 pm
I'm I the only one who thinks Karen Stintz is hot? I don't support her im just saying.
mama Irwin mimico / February 20, 2014 at 09:48 pm
Irwin! Go to your room! Bad boy! You're only 12!
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