David Bragdon Takes Transit Job in New York City

 David Bragdon is taking to the subway.

The former Metro Council president has a new gig: executive director of Transit Center, Inc., a New York City nonprofit that promotes public transportation with tax breaks for commuters.

Bragdon left Portland in 2010 for a planning job in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office. 

Founded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1983, Transit Center Inc. tries to encourage the use of mass transit.

The non-profit is the creator of the program TransitChek, a program that partners with companies to allow employees to pay for their commutes on public transportation using pre-tax dollars in exchange for a deduction of up to $245 per month on their taxes. Employers' payroll taxes are then lessened for every dollar employees deduct on their own taxes.

Bragdon's previous adventures in the Big Apple include working as a tree inspector in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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