NY/NJ governors seek port authority study
The governors of New York and New Jersey have created a panel to “review the operations and procedures of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.”
In a letter to the agency’s commissioners, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie said, “The port is reaching its 100-year anniversary and it is appropriate to review its traditional and future role. The port has also had recent disruption that must be addressed. We desire a careful study of the governance, legal and operational issues involved in reforming the port for the future.”
The compact forming the authority was signed in 1921.
Members of Christie’s administration are being investigated after allegations that they arranged to have several lanes of the Port Authority’s George Washington Bridge shut down last year in an attempt at political payback against the mayor of a New Jersey town located at the entrance of the bridge.
The letter also said that New York has expressed concerns about development of the Port Authority’s Kennedy and LaGuardia airports and taken “the unprecedented step of seeking responsibility for development at these airports.”
Each governor will name two members of the Port Authority’s commissioners to the panel as well as a representative from his office.
Christie has named Christopher Porrino, his counsel; Richard Bagger, a current member of the board; and John Degnan, former New Jersey state attorney general, whom Christie nominated to become chairman of the Port Authority last week, but who has yet to be confirmed.
Cuomo has named Mylan Denerstein, his counsel, and Scott Rechler, a member of the board, but has yet to name a second board member.
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