Cox Withdraws From Mta Post Consideration

Schaefer Nominates Trainorfor Board Job

July 28, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Former Harford Delegate William H. Cox has withdrawn his name from consideration for an appointment to the Maryland Transportation Authority, a spokesman for Gov. William Donald Schaefer said.

Cox was nominated for the six-member board last spring, but the Senate tabled avote on the nomination when it was learned Cox, a Bel Air-based Realtor, was being investigated by the Office of State Prosecutor.

Schaefer selected Richard H. Trainor, former secretary of the state Department of Transportation, for the authority post, said WelfordMcLellan, a spokesman for the governor.

Trainor was appointed to the authority on July 1, McLellan said. His appointment will be up for confirmation during the General Assembly's session next year.

The authority, formed in 1970, oversees the John F. Kennedy Highway, the Fort McHenry and Baltimore Harbor tunnels and four toll bridges.

Sen. Michael J. Wagner, chairman of the Senate Executive Nominating Committee, said in April that Cox is being investigated for his role in Maryland Reclamation Associates Inc.'s plans for an asbestos and rubble dump near Havre de Grace.

State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli said he doesn't know when the Cox investigation will be finished.

Cox is one of four guarantors on an $800,000 loan Maryland Reclamation received to buy a 68-acre tract on Gravel Hill Road for the rubble fill.

The former delegate was the real estate broker who represented Maryland Reclamation in the deal to purchase the proposed sitefor the dump.

While a delegate, Cox and Maryland Reclamation president Richard D. Schafer met with administrators of the state Department of the Environment to learn about the permit process for rubble fills.

Cox was defeated in his re-election bid last fall after serving 20 years as a delegate. Political observers said Cox's role in the rubble fill was the main reason for his defeat.

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