The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the subway-like rail service, has not given the public any timetable for service restoration. But assuming the governor's estimate is a conservative one, that would mean PATH commuters in towns like Hoboken and Jersey City might have to find alternate means of getting into work through most of next week.(2)
The day before the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the museum meant to accompany the memorial remains stalled by a funding dispute between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
This morning on the radio, the governor reportedly blamed the impasse on a deficit of hundreds of millions of dollars.
When a reporter asked the mayor about the governor's comments this morning, following a press conference, Bloomberg took umbrage.
&"The governor's not been well-informed by his staff," he said.
"We will ensure that the first ships through the Panama Canal will call at the Port of New York and New Jersey," promised David Samson on Wednesday, in a conference call with reporters.
Following a furious letter from Sept. 11 families about delays in construction at the Ground Zero museum, this morning mayor today said, "it's really the Port Authority that has got to get going here."(1)
Contradicting statements from officials at the Port Authority controlled by him and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo this afternoon said recent toll hikes were directly linked to the cost of redevelopment at Ground Zero.(1)
Developer Larry Silverstein is making moves toward developing a tower on the far west side that could include a new bus garage, complete with special bus elevators, that would help ease rush-hour congestion between New York and New Jersey.
Today, a reporter asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg whether he thought it was a good idea to buy Facebook stock. The mayor, who was participating in a press conference at Google's New York headquarters, said he had no special expertise in the matter, but urged investors to diversify.
Even as the organization he heads is planning to spend $30 billion on capital projects, Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye said the public is no longer willing to take government agencies at their word about how much it costs to build things.
At a recent breakfast forum, Port Authority executive director said the September 11 Memorial Museum foundation owed the Port money, and compared the foundation to a toll evader.(1)
Without adequate investment in the M.T.A., Chris Ward says, Manhattan won't drive the economy anymore.
The dispute between the September 11 Museum, controlled by the mayor, and the Port Authority, controlled by the governor, has been bad business for all involved, including, as it turns out, the Port Authority's subcontractors.(1)
The New Jersey Assembly yesterday gave itself subpoena power over the Port Authority, which has been the subject of substantial suburban anger over the tolls hikes it enacted last summer on the cross-Huson bridges and tunnels.
The New York State Senate and the U.S. Senate are calling for more oversight of the bistate Port Authority, and the New Jersey legislature is expected to follow suit.
Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed a $109 billion surface transportation bill that, among other things, directs the U.S. comptroller general to review tolls on bridges created under the Bridge Act of 1906, the General Bridge Act of 1946, and the International Bridge Act of 1972. The provision would also apply to tolls placed bridges or tunnels constructed along a federal-aid highway.
The governors of New York and New Jersey, who appoint the authority's leaders, have historically used it as a patronage mill when they weren't using it as a diversionary punching bag.(1)