Richard Ravitch is an American politician and businessman who served as the 75th Lieutenant Governor of New York from 2009 to 2010. He earned a law degree from Yale Law School and has worked in his family’s real estate development business, a number of government and government-appointed positions, including with the New York State Urban Development Corporation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and in private industry, including tenures as chairman of the Bowery Savings Bank and as the chief owner representative in labor negotiations for Major League Baseball. In 2004, Ravitch became a partner in Ravitch, Rice & Company, and was the chairman of both the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s Board of Trustees, and the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust’s Advisory Board. He was appointed by Paterson in 2008 to assist in fixing the finances of the MTA and was a delegate for Barack Obama in the 2008 election.