Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tossed aside the widow of one of the NYPD’s most well-known hero cops for a seat on the MTA board in favor of a deep-pocketed political player who once left the agency in disgrace, the dead officer’s wife told The Post on Monday.
Patti Ann McDonald — whose husband was Detective Steven McDonald, a cop left paralyzed from the neck down by a perp’s bullet in 1986 and who herself was mayor of the town of Malverne — said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran informed her weeks ago that she was recommending her to Cuomo to fill a board vacancy.
But Curran told her this week that Cuomo had scuttled McDonald’s proposed appointment and instead planned to name developer David Mack, a wealthy longtime friend of former US Sen. Al D’Amato.
Mack was pushed off both the MTA and Port Authority boards in 2009 after he repeatedly pleaded the Fifth in a state-police scandal probe. Cuomo was state attorney general at the time.
Patti McDonald cared for her husband, who was in a wheelchair and on a respirator for 31 years, until he died last year.
McDonald, 56, said she was looking forward to being on the MTA board and was deeply disappointed when Curran told her it would not happen.
“I live in a small community, and it would have been nice to have a voice on the board, not only to speak up for commuters from out town, but also for [handicap] accessibility,” she said. “I wholeheartedly believe that everything should be wheelchair-accessible to people.
“Steven didn’t ride the subway often, but when he did, they had to carry him down the stairs so he could ride.”
Cuomo’s office told The Post on Monday that the governor hasn’t officially named his nominee yet. The nominee would have to be approved by the state legislature.
Neither Curran nor the MTA responded to requests for comment.
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