From the Morning Memo:

Ken Lovett, a veteran former state Capitol reporter-turned-communications consultant is heading to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Lovett is set to become a senior advisor to MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye starting on Monday.

“I’m pleased to welcome Ken Lovett as Senior Advisor,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye in a statement. “Ken brings a wealth of experience to the MTA and will be an invaluable asset in navigating the intersection of state government, policy and transportation.”

Lovett, a Long Island native, is a former Daily News bureau chief, New York Post reporter and reporter for Ottaway News Service among other news outlets. Earlier this year, he left The News to become a senior vice president for communications and Albany director for Metropolitan Public Strategies.

“With the MTA at a crucial point in its long history, joining the organization at this time is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Lovett said.

“I’m excited to work with Chairman Foye and the entire dedicated and talented MTA team to help pass a critically important capital spending plan and implement congestion pricing to ensure we can undertake the needed improvements that will allow us to deliver a transit system the entire New York metropolitan region deserves.”