GW Bridge Officials Hire Lawyers, Get Delay on Subpoenas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 04:58 PM

The two main players in the George Washington Bridge controversy have hired prominent white collar criminal defense attorneys who immediately asked for a delay in providing subpoenaed documents.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat leading the legislative probe into the Port Authority's unannounced lane closures in September, granted a short extension from Thursday to Monday. That's five days, not the three weeks that attorneys for Bill Baroni and David Wildstein had sought.

Baroni, the former executive director of the Port Authority, and Wildstein, his second in command, resigned in the wake of allegations that they ordered traffic-causing lane closures as political retribution against the Fort Lee mayor who didn't endorse Christie. They claimed the lane closures were for a traffic study, but three months later the traffic study hasn't surfaced and other officials say they haven't heard of it.

Baroni has retained Michael Himmel, who represented Solomon Dwek, the alleged scam artist and confidential informant whose information led to charges against 44 people in 2009. Wildstein's lawyer is Alan Zegas, who represented former Newark Mayor Sharpe James when he was charged by then-U.S. Attorney Christie.

The subpoenas cover all correspondence by Christie and his aides on the lane closures. Christie and his aides, though, often communicate via text and private email. That may not matter — attorney Bill Caruso, former executive director of the Assembly Democrats, said the subpoena is intended to cover even correspondence over personal channels.

Democrats' subpoena power expires Jan. 13, the last day of the legislative session. To secure more documents after that, the Assembly or Senate would have to pass a measure granting such power.


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This same disgusting corruption, cover-up & retaliation is standard operating procedure at the Port Authority Bus Terminal's Lost & Found Dept. in NYC concerning lost & found property brazenly stolen by Port Authority Supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed for the world to see.

Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics. If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her cold evil heart. It's very easy to be charitable when you are giving away someone else’s property.

Also, the Port Authority of NY & NJ has become a threat to national security and has placed everyone's safety & security in jeopardy, by undermining all the counter-terrorism measures that have been put in place by the United States. They have allowed crimes such as the illegal policy of disposing lost valid passports in the garbage that are found in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell could do with those valid lost passports or an identity theft ring. Google "Port Authority - Passports."

Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their utter disregard about our safety and security, not to mention their disgraceful feeling of self entitlement to patron's lost property found at the PABT. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”

The culture of fear is alive and well at the Port, because crime, corruption, cover-ups & retaliation is the Port Authority way. Believe me, I know firsthand and I have the evidence to prove it. General Manager of the George Washington Bridge Robert Durando’s testimony at the New Jersey State Assembly Transportation Committee on 12/9/13 exposes the culture of fear that exists at the Port Authority, he is well aware of what happens to whistleblowers at the Port. Intentionally gridlocking traffic on 9/11 for the sake of a "traffic study," a day that terrorist use to cause mayhem is absolute insanity.

It’s time to stop the madness!

Jan. 01 2014 04:17 PM

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