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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Wednesday marked Joe Lhota’s last board meeting as the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He’s resigning effective Dec. 31 to mull a run for mayor as a Republican.

His decision immediately shakes up the race in both parties, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

We’ll have to wait until next month to know whether Lhota is indeed running for mayor.

“I will be exploring a potential candidacy for the Mayor of New York. This will be a life-defining decision,” Lhota said.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

But if Lhota had any thoughts of a honeymoon, well, as they say in Brooklyn, fuhgettaboutit.

Lhota was asked to express his views on gay marriage, gun control and legalizing marijuana, but he stonewalled — good practice if he runs for the top job.

His candidacy is being pushed by his former boss, Rudy Giuliani, for whom he…

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