The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission announced Saturday that Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. has resigned as chairman and Commissioner Mario Cordero of
Long Beach, Calif., who joined the FMC in June 2011, will take his place, starting today, April 1.
Lidinksy, who remains one of the five commissioners, said "it has been a great honor to serve as chairman for the president’s first term and I am proud of the changes we have brought to our agency so it can better serve the American exporter, importer and consumer."
The FMC said since becoming chairman in September 2009, Lidinsky has had three major administration goals for the 128-person agency, which has its headquarters in Washington and representatives at major seaports around the country. The first goal was to "refocus" the commission on giving a voice to American citizens, taxpayers and job creators during its deliberations; second was to eliminate unnecessary rules and red tape regulations that were particularly harmful to small businesses; and third was to promote "greening" in American ports to help both the environment and employment.
Lidinsky said he looked forward to continue working with Cordero "on these goals and new challenges during the president’s second term." - Chris Dupin