Before Lanigan joined the MTA in 2003, he worked at the New York City Department of Corrections beginning in 1994. Lanigan served as First Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Correction from 1998 - 2003. During this time, Lanigan was responsible for all administrative and operational functions for the Department's 16 jails, 15 court holding facilities, four hospital prison wards and 12,400 uniformed and civilian personnel.
Prior to serving as First Deputy Commissioner, Lanigan served as Deputy Commissioner of Administration from 1994-1998. As Deputy Commissioner for Administration he was responsible for the agency's expense and revenue budgets, fiscal, personnel, payroll, management information services and population/capacity planning, as well as telecommunications operations. During his tenure, the Department undertook two of the most challenging technology initiatives in criminal justice; the implementation of a computerized crime victim notification system and the installation of videoconferencing technology that provides for remote interviewing capabilities of inmates on Rikers Island with various parts of the Kings County Supreme Court as well as the Brooklyn office of the NYC Probation Department. Additional expansion is being planned.
For nearly two decades, Lanigan specialized in the field of administration and criminal justice, particularly in the areas of financial, information and technology issues. Prior to DOC, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Financial Affairs with the New York City Police Department from 1987 to 1994, managing budget, contract and financial analysis functions. From 1979 to 1987 he was an analyst with the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget, with budgetary oversight of various City agencies, including the Law Department, Retirement Systems, Elected Officials and the Department of General Services.
Mr. Lanigan served in the US Navy from 1972 to 1975. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in public administration, both from Bernard M. Baruch College. He is a graduate of the Police Management Institute sponsored by the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Lanigan also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Leadership Institute in May, 1999.