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)
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 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)
Representative Michael Grimm, embattled Republican of Staten Island, has called his and Senator Frank Lautenberg’s proposal to confer ultimate authority over Port Authority toll hikes to the federal government the “most realistic and viable solution" to rising fares.
It's a resonant issue for Staten Islanders who feel unduly burdened by this summer’s Port Authority toll hikes.