Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called on Senate and Assembly Democrats to stop putting commuters and taxpayers at risk by blocking his Port Authority reform bill, which remains the fastest way to overhaul the troubled agency.
“Passing my Port Authority reform bill is still the speediest, most effective way to enact critically-needed and long overdue reforms,” Senator Kean said. “The people of New Jersey and New York have waited long enough. No realistic path forward has been presented for any other option.”
S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is identical to legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
To be enacted, reforms to the Port Authority require the approval of the legislatures and governors of both New York and New Jersey. Senator Kean emphasized that Democrats on both sides of the Hudson have yet to demonstrate a clear pathway to enacting such legislation.
“With multi-billion dollar projects, such as a new bus terminal and the Gateway Tunnel on the horizon, we need to act swiftly to put in place a new management structure at the Port Authority,” Senator Kean added. “Simply posting my bill for a vote to advance to Governor Christie’s desk and become law, as it already has in New York, would end the rampant dysfunction that puts much-needed projects like these at risk.”