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From 2008 to 2012, Shapiro served as President of the [[Metropolitan Television Alliance]], LLC (MTVA).<ref name="bc2008">{{cite news|last=Dickson|first=Glen|title=New York Tower Alliance Taps Saul Shapiro as New Chief |url=|accessdate=28 December 2010|newspaper=Broadcasting & Cable|date=24 March 2008}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=TV coalition head leads digital push|first=Amanda|last=Fung|publisher=}}</ref> The MTVA was formed by the New York area television broadcast stations shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Those attacks completely destroyed New York’s analog and digital over-the-air television broadcast infrastructure.
The MTVA’s mission was to coordinate the recovery and the initial rebuilding of that infrastructure at the [[Empire State Building]], and to locate and develop permanent facilities to replace those lost in 2001. This effort included the relocation of stations to temporary facilities in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, the design and construction of analog and digital facilities at the Empire State Building to meet ongoing broadcast needs, and investigation of the design and construction of the possibility of facilities on top of [[One World Trade Center]] (the Freedom Tower). In addition, the MTVA investigated methods to further enhance over-the-air digital signals originating from the Empire State Building facility. This work was funded by a grant<ref></ref> administered by the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA)<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA) - National Telecommunications and Information Administration|}}</ref> within the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration (NTIA),<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Home Page - National Telecommunications and Information Administration|}}</ref> an office of the [[Department of Commerce]].
Previously Shapiro served four years as Vice President of the [[New York City Economic Development Corporation]],<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=NYCEDC|website=NYCEDC}}</ref> covering the Media and Telecommunications sectors. He was responsible for attracting investment and expansion of domestic and international companies to NYC, and to serve as an advocate for companies and industries in their dealings with city government.