VAINIERI HUTTLE: PORT AUTHORITY AUDIT COMFIRMS WHAT WE KNEW ALL ALONG

Assemblywoman Urges Swift Passage of Legislation to Institute Accountability at Troubled Agency

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) on Tuesday released the following statement on the newly released audit of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which described the agency as “a challenged and dysfunctional organization”:

“This audit confirms what we have been saying all along. It’s time to change the way the Port Authority does business. The Assembly took the first steps last week, approving the ‘Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act’ in committee.

Now more than ever, it’s important that we get this legislation to the Governor’s desk as soon as possible. Commuters shouldn’t have to pay the price for the Port Authority’s dysfunction. It’s time to institute accountability once and for all,” said Vainieri Huttle.

Vainieri Huttle is the lead sponsor of the aforementioned legislation (A-1011) and has worked on the issue since last summer when she joined forces with New York State Senator Andrew Lanza, who is sponsoring the measure in the New York legislature. Any legislation governing the bi-state agency must be approved by the legislatures in both New Jersey and New York.