Panel Gives Update on Port Authority Reforms


A panel commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to recommend reforms at the Port Authority released a status report Thursday that called recent events at the agency “unacceptable failures.”

The report’s release came 60 days after the two governors formed the panel to look at the agency in the wake of recent turmoil. The Port Authority is the subject of a criminal probe over politically-motivated lane closures last fall at the George Washington Bridge last fall and an SEC investigation into the $1 billion Pulaski Bridge renovation.

The recent events show the Port Authority “lacks an effective culture of compliance and accountability,” the report states.

It says it will look at significant changes including how top leadership positions are filled. Currently the chairman and deputy executive director are nominated by New Jersey’s governor and the executive director and vice chairman are nominated by New York’s governor.

The structure “often encourages the split of the organization into competing regional interests and the creation of fractured lines of authority within the agency,” the report concludes.