Port Authority To Review Fort Lee Lane Closures

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 06:14 PM

The head of the Port Authority says he'll get to the bottom of local lane closures that snarled traffic in Fort Lee.

Two out of three lanes leading from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge were abruptly closed for four weekdays last month.

At the time, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye was caught off-guard. He sent a fiery email to executives, reversing that decision and saying he was "appalled by the lack of process" behind the lane closures.

But at the first Port Authority board meeting since that incident, Foye was more circumspect.

"I can tell you that an internal review is underway," he said. "When that's concluded, we'll determine what additional steps need to be taken." Foye said he'd make the results of the review available to the public when it's complete.

But State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who also attended the meeting, said she's not satisfied. "There's one little positive," she said. "At least I've heard that somebody is looking into this. But the time element that this is taking is very disconcerting."

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that some in Bergen County questioned whether the closures were politically motivated. They Gov. Chris Christie or his surrogates used the closures to retaliate against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich. who has not endorsed Christie for re-election.

The Christie campaign has denied those allegations, calling them crazy.

But Weinberg said she's not satisfied.

"The silence that we get from the Port Authority leads to people's conjecture ... that this was somehow done as political payback to the mayor of Fort Lee," she said. "That is so bizarre that it's difficult to believe. But for want of any other explanation, the conjecture continues to grow."

Weinberg said she'd be introducing a resolution in the State Senate that would give a committee subpoena power so that the legislature can investigate the closures.


Comments [3]

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 04:38 PM
Patricia from Basking Ridge

Why do I think that the Port Authority will not report on this affair until after the November election for NJ governor?
My son's comment was that it must have been the same guy who both shut down the Fort Lee entrances to the GWB and decided the trains could stay on low ground during Sandy. Oh, right, the trains was an unnamed underling at NJ Transit. It seems the buck doesn't go anywhere; instead the blame flows downward.

Oct. 17 2013 02:05 PM
david wilson from cliffside park, nj

The Port Authority has a nagging problem that will never stop dogging it. It is seen as a plum job appointment for an extensive political patronage system. Its management is seen as corrupt. Plus they keep raising the bridge and tunnel tolls. So closing down several toll lanes at the George Washington Bridge for petty political retribution is not an outrageous claim. True or not all these behaviors and practices leave suspicion and doubt.

Let's face it. New Jersey is not a "good" government state. Any political sub-division with the authority to collect money needs to treat its citizens fairly. Compared to liquor and tobacco taxes the Port Authority toll increases are seen as extortion. Public perception is based a lot on proportion. The Port Authority policies are out of proportion on many things, so it isn't difficult to conclude that the lane closures are some type of payback.

Oct. 17 2013 10:20 AM

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