NYCTRC Members


Andrew Albert – NYCTRC Representative on the MTA Board, NYCTRC Chair, PCAC Executive Committee Chair

Appointed: December 1986
Recommended by: NYC Public Advocate

As Chairman of the New York City Transit Riders’ Council, Andrew Albert has overseen numerous investigative reports detailing with problems like subway signage, bus stop signs, erratic service, and service disruption notices. Mr. Albert has been executive director of the West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce since February of 1983. Mr. Albert is also on the local Community Board, CB7, and has been co-chair of the Transportation Committee for close to twenty years, where he has dealt with projects ranging from the re-routing of several West Side bus lines to advocating for the reconstruction of several subway stations.

In June of 2002, Mr. Albert was appointed by Governor Pataki as the rider’s non-voting representative on the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and serves on the Transit, Capital Construction, Bridges & Tunnels, Capital Program Oversight, Safety & Security, and Audit Committees.

Mr. Albert also serves on the steering committee of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (B.I.D.), which serves the area of Broadway between the Coliseum and West 70th Street, including the Lincoln Center area.

Mr. Albert resides on the West Side, and has lived in the area since 1972.

Burton M. Strauss, Jr. – NYCTRC Vice Chair

Appointed: October 2004
Recommended by: New York City Mayor

Burton Strauss is retired after a 45 year career in transportation finance.  He worked as a transportation security analyst for a number of major investment firms, closing his career as a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.  His specialty included railroads and trucking companies as well as equipment suppliers and transportation-related finance companies.  He also served as the Chief Financial Officer of a mid-western railroad company and as a partner in an investor relations agency where he assisted public companies in disseminating information to the financial community.

He currently serves as the Treasurer of VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is a member of the Finance Committee of FEGS (Federation Employment and Guidance Services-one of the nation’s largest social service organizations).  He is an active consultant with the National Executive Services Corps, which provides assistance to non-profit organizations in the N.Y. metropolitan area.

Mr. Strauss received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Administration from Yale University and a M.B.A. in Public Utilities from New York University.

Mr. Strauss and his wife reside in Manhattan and have two adult children.

William K. Guild – NYCTRC Executive Committee

Appointed: April 1997
Recommended by: New York City Mayor

William Guild is an attorney in private practice concentrating in Intellectual Property, Wills and Estates and Transportation Law. Mr. Guild was formerly a partner of Nims, Howes, Collision & Isner, having spent 28 years with the firm.

Mr. Guild takes a strong interest in public transportation. He serves on the Transportation Committee of the City Bar Association and the boards of several transit advocacy organizations, including the Committee for Better Transit, the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility and the Electric Railroaders’ Association. He has also served on the Manhattan Borough President’s Transportation Advisory Board. In addition, Mr. Guild is a vestry member and former warden of the Church of the Transfiguration (“The Little Church Around the Corner”) and was a member of the Board of Managers of the Episcopal Mission Society.

Mr. Guild is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Law School.

Mr. Guild resides with his wife in Greenwich Village.

Stuart Goldstein - NYCTRC Executive Committee

Appointed: June 2009
Recommended by: New York City Mayor

Stuart Goldstein is presently employed as Director of NYC Administration for Children’s Services. He has held other positions at this location such as, Assistant Director, Investigator, Chief Investigator and Performance Auditor.

Mr. Goldstein received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York. Mr. Goldstein also has Arizona Law Enforcement Officer’s Training certification. Additionally, he is involved with Lincoln Shore Owners Cooperative Board of Directors, Jewish Center of Brighton Beach, American Society of Public Administration, Academy of Political Science, New York  Transit Museum and Railroad Museum of Long Island. Formerly, he was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr. Goldstein presently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Marisol Halpern

Appointed: November 1997
Recommended by: Bronx Borough President

Marisol Halpern is the Director of Borough Operations for the Bronx Borough President’s Office. She joined the administration in Borough Hall in 1987, and has served under the auspices of former Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Adolfo Carrion. Now in her 22nd year, she continues to serve the residents of the Bronx through the leadership of Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Among her duties, Ms. Halpern assists groups and individuals in obtaining information and solutions to problems relating to city regulations as she interfaces with city agencies, community boards and elected officials. In addition to her advocacy for transit she has been working to prepare residents for emergencies as a trained member of New York City Emergency Response Team (NYCERT).

Ms. Halpern received her Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Lehman College and an alumna of the Bronx High School of Science.

Ms. Halpern currently resides in the Bronx.

Christopher Greif – NYCTRC Executive Committee

Appointed: September 2010
Recommended by: Brooklyn Borough President

Christopher Greif is presently working with Private Advocate for Individuals and People with Developmental Disabilities as Transportation Advocate for seniors and people with disabilities. He also worked with Executive Assistant to the Brooklyn Family Support Service Advisory Council (formerly known as the Brooklyn Consumer Council) as Chair of Public Awareness. Additionally, he is a member of the Brooklyn Boro President’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues at Office of the Brooklyn Boro President. Mr. Greif also volunteered for Coney Island Hospital, as Nourishment and Health Department Assistant and Mail Clerk.

Mr. Greif attended Sheepshead Bay High School. Through the years he has received numerous awards such as, Employee Training Program Student of the year for three consecutive years; Boro President Student of the Year and Pathmark Student Achievement Award.

Mr. Greif presently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Sharon King Hoge

Appointed: February 2009
Recommended by: Governor’s Office

Sharon King Hoge has an extensive background in print and broadcast media and in public relations. Currently editor of green lifestyle website Verdant (, she is also Contributing Editor at Conde Nast Traveler and Global Traveler. She is also Editor at Large for the Cottages & Gardens magazines.

Her broadcast career includes producing and on-air work at WIND Radio and WLS-TV in Chicago and at ABC-TV, CNBC, and the Food Network. For her reporting at WBZ-TV in Boston she was named Consumer Reporter of the Year. She has served as an Events Organizer for the Outdoor Life Channel, the New Yorker Magazine, and Fleet Bank. Her consulting work includes projects for www.MarthaStewart .com and creating the annual The Week Magazine Opinion Awards.

A native of North Dakota, she studied at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and at the JFK School at Harvard University. A resident of New York City, she keeps nine small homes in Ireland, Nova Scotia, Florida, Connecticut, and New York State. Traveling extensively, she patronizes mass transit systems — planes, trains, buses, boats, subways — locally and around the world.

Trudy L. Mason

Appointed: July 2000
Recommended by: Manhattan Borough President

Trudy L. Mason, a nationally known communications consultant, has an extensive background in the transportation field. From 1978 to 1984 she was Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations for the MTA, where she initiated the Adopt-A-Station program and helped establish the PCAC. A founding member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), she also was an organizer and Co-Chair of the Women In Transit Committee of the American Public Transit Association (APTA). Prior to the MTA, Ms. Mason worked in a number of other public policy positions including: Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the NYC Economic Development Administration, and Assistant to the President of the New York City Council.

Ms. Mason was formerly Executive Vice President/Director of Corporate Communications and, concurrently, Public Relations Director of EcoSmart Healthy Properties (ESHP), an environmental building consulting firm which closed at the end of 1999. ESHP developed the USA’s first environmentally- smart hotel; the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel in Philadelphia. Ms. Mason, a former Member of the NYC Commission on the Status of Women, serves on the Boards of Advisors of the National Museum of Women’s History and the Folk Music Museum in Greenwich Village. On the Boards of the Choices Women’s Mental Health Center, and Siblings for Significant Change, her advocacy work on behalf of mental health concerns has been chronicled in electronic and print media.

Listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Ms. Mason is profiled in Feminists Who Changed America. She graduated cum laude from Wheaton College (Norton, MA), attended graduate school at Columbia and NYU, served on the Board of the Wheaton College Alumnae/Association and received its Distinguished Alumna award.

Ms. Mason is on the NY Board of the National Jewish Democratic Committee and the Leadership Council of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee. She is the NY Democratic State Committeewoman for the 73rd Assembly District on Manhattan’s Upper East Side where she resides.

Scott R. Nicholls

Appointed: June 2014
Recommended by: Staten Island Borough President

Scott Nicholls is presently employed as Prescription Services Manager with the Sergeants Benevolent Association.   At the association he manages the prescription program serving over 25,000 members and their dependents.  Mr. Nicholls was previously employed with the New York City Police Department as NYPD Sergeant.  At the NYPD he supervised Police Officers and Detectives in patrol, investigative and other assignments.

Mr. Nicholls attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  His major was Criminology.  He also attended Middlesex County College with a major in Sociology.

Mr. Nicholls reside in Staten Island where he is the little league coach for the South Shore Little League of Staten Island

Edith M. Prentiss

Appointed: December 2007
Recommended by: New York City Public Advocate

Edith M Prentiss is active in a number of political, civic, and advocacy organizations. She is a member of the New York County Democratic Committee and of Manhattan Community Board 12, in which she is a member of the Traffic and Transportation and assistant chair of the Licensing Committees. She is currently President of the 504 Democratic Club and the 1st Vice President of Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York. Ms. Prentiss is Chair of the Taxis For All Campaign, and a Board member of the Disability Network of New York City, and Washington Heights Inwood Council on Aging. She is a member of the Allen Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council, the Manhattan Borough President’s Disability Taskforce.

Ms. Prentiss holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  She completed additional Masters level coursework in Medical Sociology at Miami University.

Ms. Prentiss resides in Manhattan.