Assistant Senate Republican Leader Joe Pennacchio urged legislative Democrats who agree on the need to address issues with the Delaware River Port Authority to follow through on their public comments by joining Pennsylvania in support of legislation to reform the troubled agency.
New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio discusses bi-state DRPA reform legislation during a press conference in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ on April 24, 2014. (Press Release)
Pennacchio applauded the Senate President for publicly agreeing that the DRPA needs greater transparency and accountability, as well as to focus solely on its bridges and regional railway. Also, during today’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Senator Pennacchio pointed out that the very same issues that concern Democrats about the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey are also issues of concern with the DRPA.
“Today, there is great promise and momentum for the passage of comprehensive bi-state DRPA reform bill, S-2013,” Pennacchio said. “It is abundantly clear that legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle and on both sides of the Delaware River agree on the very issues that need to be addressed. I urge my colleagues from across the aisle in New Jersey to take action on their public comments by supporting S-2013 to actually get reforms done for our hard-working constituents and their families.
Pennacchio, a Senate Transportation Committeeman, was encouraged that the Senate President and Majority Leader, in particular, are demonstrating a great sense of urgency to reform troubled authorities. Yesterday, they told the NJ Transit Board that consumers using a certain terminal without Wi-Fi, air conditioning and on-time transportation are being treated like “third-class citizens.” Last month, the Senate passed the Majority Leader’s and Pennacchio’s legislation to subject the PANYNJ to state open public records laws, as the DRPA continues to waste public money.
“During frequent delays, DRPA train commuters have been suffering at overcrowded terminals without handicapped access, air conditioning and phone service,” Pennacchio said. “So, are they fourth-class citizens? Clearly, they also deserve the attention of the Senate President and Majority Leader.”