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Virgil Conway, a Bronxville res- i dent who served more than five years as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, died Wednesday at the age of 85. C onway’s death was announced Friday by the MTA, which he chaired from 1995 to 2001. No cause of death was pro- v ided. Since 2006, Conway has been a member of the Thruway’s board of directors, which is responsible for overseeing t he 570-mile superhighway system, including the Tappan Zee Bridge, and the state’s canal system. Alongtime Westches- t er resident, Conway passed away in Southampton, Nassau County, according to the MTA. “Virgil was a hugely influential and effective chairman, and many of the successes and accomplishments the MTA celebrates today are the result of his hard work and his heartfelt service to the re- g ion,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast s aid in a statement. “He remains a beloved member of the MTA family, a nd he will be sorely m issed.” Conway’s transporta- t ion career began as a W estchester representative on the MTA board before he was tapped by then-Gov. George Pataki to become chairman in 1995. He remained in that role until 2001. He was selected for the T hruway Authority’s board in December 2006. H is current term was scheduled to expire in 2017. J CAMPBELL1@ g annett.com Twitter.com/JonCamp- b ellGAN Ex-MTA chair, E. Virgil Conway, dies JON CAMPBELL ALBANY BUREAU "He remains a beloved member of the MTA family, and he will be s orely missed." THOMAS PRENDERGAST MTA CHAIRMAN, CEO NEW YORK - In the aftermath of a fatal shooting of a police officer, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday pushed for legal reforms he says could have kept the suspect off the streets while second- guessing a judge for his handling of the man’s d rug case under the current rules. De Blasio told reporters that he wants state judges to consider whether defendants pose athreat to public safety before setting bail or steering them into divers ion programs. New York, Missouri and Miss issippi are the only states that don’t allow dangerousness to factor into those decisions, he s aid. Under the reforms, shooting suspect Tyrone Howard “would have gone to jail,” the mayor s aid at a City Hall news c onference three days after the slaying of Officer Rudolph Holder. “He would not have continued to poison the community a round him by selling d rugs, he wouldn’t have been roaming East Harlem on Tuesday and one of the NYPD’s decent, hardworking cops would s till be alive today.” C urrently, state judges can only consider risk of flight when setting bail, and there’s no requirement to factor in r isk of flight or dangerousness in decisions about diversion. The mayor said he wants statutes rewritten to allow judges broader discre- t ion in both areas — changes that would require lawmakers in Albany to act. D e Blasio’s advocacy for stricter bail for violent suspects comes at a t ime when he’s simultaneously seeking greater leniency for low-level, nonviolent offenders. “We don’t want people in jail or prison who shouldn’t be there,” he s aid. “But we also need to r ecognize that some people are just hardened criminals. … There are h uge human consequences when we get either side of the equation w rong.” Before his arrest in Holder’s killing, Howa rd’s criminal record consisted mainly of drug a rrests and convictions, not for crimes involving weapons. But de Blasio insisted Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin had access t o information that Howard also had been investigated in a 2009 shooting and that prosecutors were seeking significant p rison time, suggesting t hat was enough to keep him locked up. “I think he made the wrong decision,” the mayor said of McLaugh- l in. M cLaughlin has defended his actions and said he knew nothing of the 2009 shooting until this week, after the offi- c er’s death. T he court record is more nuanced: It shows that at a December hearing, Howard’s own lawyer mentioned that his c lient had been arrested —but not charged — for a violent crime in 2009. A prosecutor opposed diverting Howard to drug court and recommended s ix years in prison instead but offered no details of the 2009 shooting. McLaughlin then ref erred his case to drug court, which another judge oversees. I n February, Howard made bail and was freed from Rikers Island. In May, he pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine under a deal that would spare him from two y ears in prison if he en- r olled in a residential drug treatment program. In late August, he s kipped a court appearance and a warrant was issued weeks later for his a rrest. Police said he was suspected of taking part in another shooting on S ept. 1, prompting investigators to search unsuc- c essfully for him until his tragic encounter with Holder. Mayor touts bail reforms De Blasio pushes change amid furor over cop’s death TOM HAYS ASSOCIATED PRESS SETH WENIGAP Mayor Bill de Blasiospeaks during a media briefing in New York. NEW YORK - A port rait of Frederick Dougl ass. A tomahawk used by aNative American who surrendered land to colonists. A painting of a former slave market. M ayor Bill de Blasio a nd his wife, Chirlane McCray, have installed new artwork at Gracie Mansion that they say depicts the full history of N ew York City, diversifying the subjects of the mayoral mansion’s collection in order to capture what life was truly like in 1799 when the home was b uilt. “Our aim is to tell a richer story of New York in 1799,” Paul Gunther, t he executive director of The Gracie Mansion Conservancy, said Friday. “ Before, (the exhibits at the mansion) were certainly correct but limited to the Anglo-Dutch aristocracy. That was only one tiny part of the New York story.” T he exhibit, entitled “Windows on the City,” is the first major display of a rtwork de Blasio and his wife have commissioned for the mansion. They l ive upstairs, becoming the first family to live the home since 2001. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg opted to remain at his own home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, but h e authorized a major rehabilitation of the mansion, which he used for m eetings and ceremonial events. The home recently w ent through an extensive repair, including a roof replacement and asbestos abatement. It will reopen to the public for tours next week and visitors will be g reeted with the new ex- h ibit, which has as its centerpiece the original Gradual Emancipation A ct of 1799, which began the process of ending slavery in New York. T hat difficult history is a threaded throughout the exhibit, which includes p ortraits of former slaves Douglass and Pierre T oussaint. There is also a tomahawk given to a colonist by the chief warrior o f the Iroquois when he surrendered his land. The exhibit also feat ures a painting that portrays downtown Brooklyn — now dotted with s kyscrapers and often clogged with traffic — as asmall village in the 1820s, as well as a series of watercolors of street merchants peddling their goods. That display is s upplemented by a video i n which actors replicate the merchants’ loud cries. Tours of the home will n ot include the mayoral residence upstairs or the porch where the home’s f ormer owner, Archibald Gracie, and Alexander Hamilton struck a deal to f ound the New York Post which, ironically, has be- c ome a thorn in the side of many mayors, including de Blasio. BEBETO MATTHEWSAP Gracie Mansion features a Louisa Ann Colman 1820 oil painting titled “Downtown Brooklyn.” Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, are installing new artwork at Gracie Mansion. Mayor puts city’s history on display New art exhibit unveiled at Gracie Mansion JONATHAN LEMIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEBETO MATTHEWSAP Kalia Brooks, curator for the exhibition, “Windows On The City,” speaks near a rendering of the abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass. BEBETO MATTHEWSAP Gracie Mansion’s living room features a chandelier and a wall mirror. NYState News and issues around the Empire State.