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May 17, 2007
Contact: Penny Bassett Hackett or Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJThe NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors welcomed Susan L. Hayes as its newest member at today’s regularly scheduled meeting. Governor Jon S. Corzine appointed Ms. Hayes to the Board in March.

“With her strong background and experience in both the public and private sectors, Ms. Hayes will be of great value to the Board as we address the needs of our customers and our state’s public transportation system,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Board of NJ TRANSIT and would like to thank Governor Corzine for the opportunity to serve the State of New Jersey,” said Ms. Hayes. “I am proud to join NJ TRANSIT, as the organization has a long tradition of maintaining high safety standards and a strong commitment to serving the growing transportation needs of the citizens we serve.”

Ms. Hayes serves as President and CEO of Cauldwell Wingate Company, LLC, one of New York’s leading construction companies. Since Ms. Hayes assumed management of the business in 1996, the firm has earned a stellar reputation for construction excellence, strong relationships and industry leadership.

She began her career in the construction industry in the early 1980s as a Controller for a demolition subcontractor where she developed strong relationships in the real estate industry. She later founded her own consulting firm, Spicer Hayes, where she served as Principal and Partner.

A strong advocate for the recruitment and advancement of women in the construction industry, Ms. Hayes serves as Board Co-Chair for Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW), an organization that trains women for jobs in the building trades, the utilities and transportation industries, and facilities repair and maintenance.

In 2005, Ms. Hayes was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg’s Commission on Construction Opportunity, a group of 34 construction and real estate leaders designated to work with the Mayor and other City officials to explore strategies and set goals for ensuring that all New Yorkers, particularly minorities, women, returning veterans and new high school graduates, are well prepared and can gain access to good, permanent jobs in construction.

In addition, Ms. Hayes holds leadership positions in a number of business and professional groups and associations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Apple Bank for Savings, is a Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the New York Building Congress, is First Vice President of the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York and serves on the Board of Governors of the Building Trades Employers’ Association. She also serves as Municipal Chair in Oradell, New Jersey.

Ms. Hayes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Correctional Administration from John Jay College, City University of New York. She and her husband live in Bergen County.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing nearly 857,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.