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Kean: Bipartisan Support to Accomplish Port Authority Reform

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean reiterated his call for votes on Port Authority reform legislation during the voting sessions in the Senate and General Assembly on May 26th, saying that the Democratic sponsors of conditionally vetoed legislation have agreed that we should move forward to adopt the governor’s recommendations.

Sen. Tom Kean reiterated his call for votes on Port Authority reform legislation at Thursday’s Senate and Assembly sessions. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“There’s bipartisan consensus that the Legislature should adopt my approach to Port Authority reform that’s represented in the governor’s conditional veto recommendations,” said Kean. “I urge Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto to schedule the final legislative votes for tomorrow that are needed to enact these long-awaited Port Authority reforms.”

Kean is the sponsor of S-355 which provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Governor Christie conditional vetoed Port Authority reform legislation (S-708) sponsored by Democratic legislors, including Senator Bob Gordon (D-38) and Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-19), to change the language of their bill to match that of S-355 and identical legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Senator Gordon has indicated in published reports that he thinks the Legislature should move forward to adopt Kean’s approach as represented in the conditionally vetoed bill, saying it “should move forward in both houses,” as it “would provide the most substantial and comprehensive reform in its [the Port Authority’s] more than 90-year history.”

Assemblyman Wisniewski was reported as saying, “We shouldn’t make perfect the enemy of the good. I’d rather take a long view of this and try to get something done.”

“If the Senate President and Assembly Speaker allow votes tomorrow, we will succeed in enacting the most significant Port Authority reform in history,” Kean added.

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