The Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of state transportation, including bridge and highway construction, motor vehicle inspections, expansion of light-rail train systems, and management of the toll road authorities.
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Wisniewski Introduces Comprehensive Port Authority Reform Legislation
Measure to Address Systemic Failures of Port Authority; Create a Top-to-Bottom Overhaul of the Beleaguered Bi-State AgencyAssembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman John S. Wisniewski on Thursday unveiled top-to-bottom reform legislation meant to address the numerous and systemic failures of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), which culminated in the weeklong, unexplained closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge a little over a year ago.
"The Port Authority is, unfortunately, a classic modern example of an out-of-control government agency operating completely unchecked," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), a co-chair of the special legislative investigative body that is examining the chain of events that led up to the September 2013 lane closures.