The chairman of the Metro-North Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority governing board and Dutchess County’s representative is retiring.


“After 22 years, it’s time for a change”, said James L. Sedore Jr. as he announced his intentions to step down as Dutchess County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board.


Sedore chaired the MTA committee and also chaired its audit committee. He was also a member of the Capital Program Oversight, Corporate Governance, Finance, Safety, and Long Island Rail Road committees.

Sedore, a Fishkill resident and certified public accountant, was appointed to the board by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994, re appointed by then Governor Pataki in1998and most recently, by Governor Paterson in 2010.

In an email to Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro notifying him of his retirement, Sedore said, “I ensured that our transportation concerns and needs were brought to the forefront of the authority’s agenda. My underlying principal has always been to bring value to both the MTA commuters and Dutchess County.”

During Sedore’s tenure, Molinaro said, there were $40 million in investments for the Poughkeepsie train station, improvements to the New Hamburg station, over $20 million in investments at the Beacon station, creation of two new stations and some 400 parking spaces on the Harlem Line, construction of the MTA training facilities in Stormville, and launch of the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry in 2005.

James L. Sedore Jr. is a career Certified Public Accountant who has spent the last 45 years as a partner in public accounting firms. He began his career in 1965, and in 1982 he, along with Mark O’Sullivan, C.P.A., established the firm of Sedore and O’Sullivan, C.P.A.s. By 2009 the firm expanded to Sedore & Company, C.P.A.s, serving the counties of Dutchess, Putnam, and Orange.

Jim is active in a wide variety of civic organizations, and has served as an officer or member of numerous business, not-for-profit, and political organizations.

Molinaro, who has the authority to recommend to the governor a new candidate for the board slot, said he will do so in the coming weeks. A new term on the board will begin in July 2016.