Likely mayoral candidate Joe Lhota made his candidacy all but official Monday, as he said at a Manhattan lunch event that he will file the necessary papers this week. The former chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority broke his silence at at a meeting of the New York Building Congress, a powerful group of construction and real estate interests that could help his campaign, at the Mandarin Hotel near Columbus Circle.
Lhota, a Republican, was a top aide to Rudolph Giuliani when he was mayor.
Most recently, Lhota led the MTA and quit his job at the transportation agency on December 31 to explore a run for mayor.
It now seems his exploration period is over.
“I would not have left the MTA, a job and a position that I loved, if I wasn’t going to run for mayor of New York,” Lhota said in his Monday speech.
He later told reporters, “I think later this week I should be a full-fledged, filed candidate.”