By Philip Newman
Will June bring wedding bells for Nancy Shevell along with the finale of her tenure at the MTA?
It’s not whether the veteran Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member will become the Bride of Beatle but rather when.
Word of her engagement to Sir Paul McCartney has already swept the world from the West End to the West Coast. Details of the impending vows were reported by sources as diverse as The Mirror in London and Catholic Online.
“Nancy and Paul are getting married,” People magazine reported, quoting a source close to Shevell. “Ring and all — very exciting.”
“They have the right chemistry,” the source told People. “They’re both cool, chilled out and optimistic.”
BBC News quoted a spokeswoman for Ringo Starr, the other surviving Beatle, as saying “Ringo congratulates Paul and Nancy and wishes them every happiness.”
It will be the third marriage for McCartney, 68, and the second for Nancy, 51.
McCartney married Linda Eastman, an American photographer, in 1969 and she died in 1989. His marriage to Heather Mills ended in 2002 in a discordant divorce.
McCartney and Shevell met in the Hamptons in 2007. Shevell was divorced from attorney Bruce Blakeman.
She was appointed to the MTA board by then-Gov. George Pataki on June 18, 2001.
Shevell, a cousin of Barbara Walters, is vice president of administration for New England Motor Freight Inc. and the Shevell Group of Companies in New Jersey.
She holds a degree in business administration with a minor in transportation from Arizona State University.
Cindy Adams reported in the New York Post that the nuptials would be “soon” and “small — just our families.”
If soon means late next month, she may have more time to get ready.
Her MTA term ends June. 30.
Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 718-260-4536.