Avalanche of PA subpoenas provide breadth of investigations and hope for change

The NY/NJ Port Authority (PA), once held in the highest esteem nationally, has post-Bridgegate suffered a severe blow to its reputation. In its “Preliminary Official Statement” of bond offerings (page I-4), it disclosed the huge number of subpoenas it has received. The subpoenas open a window into a broad investigation of PA-related activities. Those issuing the subpoenas include the NJ U. S. Attorney, County of NY District Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, NJ Select Committee on Investigations, and NJ  State Ethics Commission. Issuance of any one  subpoena does necessarily result in a criminal charge. However, the breadth of such an unprecedented number of requests is a harbinger of changes to come. PA Chair John Degnan discusses some of these changes and other matters on this weekend’s NJTV “On the Record.”

SUBPOENAS ISSUED TO NY/NJ PORT AUTHORITY

  • NJ U. S. Attorney: GWB lane closures, Hoboken redevelopment project, Goethals and Bayonne bridges replacement, commissioners’ conflict of interest policies and certain disclosures made by former chair David Samson, traffic studies, vehicles and equipment given to Fort Lee, direct flights to/from Newark and Columbia SC airports and usage by former board chair, redevelopment of United Airlines Newark Terminal C, meetings/contacts with Mayor of Jersey City, and EZPass usage for certain individuals.

  • County of NY District Attorney: board resolutions regarding its bridge and tunnel facilities, PATH, World Trade Center, Atlantic City airport, access to the Region’s core (ARC) project, Pulaski skyway, Wittpenn Bridge, and procurement process for lease for One World Trade Center observation deck.

  • Securities & Exchange Commission regarding bond offerings: Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway, Wittpenn Bridge, Route 1 & 9 (new Road), termination of ARC process, property acquisition of Bayonne Ocean Terminal.    

  • NJ Legislative Select Committee on Investigations: GWB September 2013 access lanes issues, bridges and tunnels tolls increases, ARC project, and certain referrals of candidates for PA employment.

  • NJ State Ethics Commission: governance and conflict of interest polices, resolutions pertaining to Lincoln Tunnel Park and Ride lot, Hoboken redevelopment project, A. C. airport, PATH Harrison station, Goethals and Bayonne Bridge replacement, and records pertaining to the former chairman.

    NJTV’s “On the Record with Michael Aron” this weekend provided a candid and informative interview with PA Chair John Degnan. The full interview should be available shortly here. Chair Degnan discusses steps already taken to strengthen the PA, the NY and NJ legislative bills the two governors vetoed, the commission that made recommendations regarding the PA, the former chair’s special flight to Columbia SC, the move toward divesting the PA of real estate holdings combined with the return to its core regional transportation mission, and the enormity of costs to upgrade or replace ageing facilities.  

  • Avalanche of PA Subpoenas provide breadth of investigations and hope for change

    The NY/ NJ Port Authority, once held in the highest esteem nationally, has post-Bridgegate suffered a severe blow to its reputation. In its “Preliminary Official Statement” of bond offerings (page I-4), it disclosed a huge number of subpoenas it has received. The subpoenas open a window into a broad investigation of PA-related activities. Those issuing the subpoenas include the NJ. U. S. Attorney, County of NY. District Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, NJ Select Committee on Investigations, and NJ  State Ethics Committee. Issuance of any one  subpoena does necessarily result in a criminal charge. However, the breadth of such an unprecedented number of requests is a harbinger of changes to come.  

    SUBPOENAS ISSUED TO NY/NJ PORT AUTHORITY

  • NJ U. S. Attorney: GWB lane closures, Hoboken redevelopment project, Goethals and Bayonne bridges replacement, commissioners’ conflict of interest policies and certain disclosures made by former chair, traffic studies, vehicles and equipment given to Fort Lee, direct flights to/from Newark and Columbia airports and usage by former board chair, redevelopment of United Airlines Newark Terminal C, meetings/contacts with Mayor of Jersey City, and EZPass usage for certain individuals.

  • County of NY District Attorney:  board resolutions regarding its bridge and tunnel facilities, PATH, World Trade Center, Atlantic City airport, access to the Region’s core (ARC) project, Pulaski skyway, Wittpenn Bridge, and procurement process for lease for One World Trade Center observation deck.

  • Securities & Exchange Commission regarding bond offerings:  Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway, Wittpenn Bridge, Route 1 & 9 (new Road), termination of ARC process, property acquisition of Bayonne Ocean Terminal.    

  • NJ Legislative Select Committee on Investigations: GWB September 2013 access lanes issues,   bridges and tunnels tolls increases, ARC project, and certain referrals of candidates for PA employment.

  • NJ State Ethics Commission: governance and conflict of interest polices, resolutions pertaining to Lincoln Tunnel Park and Ride lot, Hoboken redevelopment project, A. C. airport, PATH Harrison station, Goethals Bayonne Bridge replacement, and records pertaining to the former chairman.

    NJTV’s “On the Record with Michael Aron” this weekend provided a candid and informative interview with P. A. Chair John Degnan. It will be rebroadcast today. The full interview should be available shortly http://www.njtvonline.org/prog… here. Chair Degnan discusses step already taken to strengthen the P. A., the NY and NJ legislative bills the two governors vetoed, the commission that made recommendations regarding the P. A., the former chair’s special flight to Colombia, the move toward divesting the P. A. of real estate holdings combined with the return to its core regional transportation mission, and the enormity of costs to upgrade or replace existing facilities.  

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