Monday, May 13, 2013
Toll booth worker treated after loud crash, officials say.
An EZ-Pass booth at the George Washington Bridge Upper Level in Fort Lee was destroyed when steel beams flew off of a tractor-trailer and hit the toll plaza late Monday morning, authorities said. Five New York City-bound lanes were closed just before noon as officials worked at the scene, the Port Authority said. It was not immediately clear when the roadway would be cleared. Heavy traffic delays were reported in the area following the incident, including on Route 4. Although nobody was in the booth when the beams hit, a toll collector was treated for possible ear injuries from the loud impact, officials said. Only the cash-register was left from the severely damaged booth, the agency said.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Officers responded to the bridge after a reports from a friend that the 23-year-old man was planning to jump.
Port Authority police officers successfully talked a man down from the railing of the George Washington Bridge Tuesday afternoon, the second time in as many weeks that a potential suicide victim has been rescued on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway. According to police, the 23-year-old male had stopped near the side of the bridge to take pictures of the river below with his cell phone camera when he told a friend via text message that he was planning to jump. The friend called police around 3:38 Tuesday afternoon, and two officers found the man on the south walkway shortly afterward. Officers James Cronin and Christopher Terranova were able to persuade the man to step away from the railing, department spokesman Steve Coleman said, and …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Officer grabbed a 40-year-old Queens man as he leaped from the GWB late Tuesday, authorities said.
A Port Authority police officer pulled a man attempting suicide to safety late Tuesday in a dramatic George Washington Bridge rescue, an official said. A security guard called police when the 40-year-old Queens man ignored his warning not to venture onto the span's northern walkway, Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said. Officer Jesse Turano found the man walking westbound on the walkway and chased him on foot. Turano caught up to the man just as he was grabbing for the outer rail of the bridge and starting to leap into the air. The officer made a desprate grab for the man, wrapping his arms around the man's waist and pulling him to safety, Coleman said. The man, whose name was not released, was transported to Bergen Regional Medical…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
George Washington Bridge and JFK Airport Control Tower to be lit blue during the month of April to support autism awareness.
The lights on the George Washington Bridge will be lit blue as the Port Authority joins Autism Speaks in their "Light it Up Blue" campaign. “The Port Authority is proud to show its strong support for a disorder that touches the lives of dozens of our own employees and millions of Americans,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. The United Nations has designated April 2 as Autism Awareness Day to support the efforts of those affected by autism as well as those working to find a cure and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is supporting those efforts for the fourth straight year. “I’m pleased that the Port Authority is taking part in this global effort to shine a light on organizations supporting the effort to find a …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Security guard blamed marijuana odor on a skunk, report says
A security contractor guarding the George Washington Bridge's New Jersey side was arrested Wednesday after being caught smoking marijuana on duty, sources told the New York Post. The guard, Sami Omar, 26, of North Bergen, was busted by a Port Authority police officer who smelled weed when he stopped at a GWB security booth, the report said. Omar reportedly first blamed the pot odor on a passing skunk. Police discovered a half-smoked blunt in Omar's boot and a bag of weed, the newspaper reported, citing sources. Omar, an employee of FJC Security for four years, has been assigned to the bridge for three years, according to the report. He also guarded PATH trains. FJC, a private firm hired to help secure the bridge and regional airports, …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Budding designer from Paramus left "suicide diary;" claimed she was bullied, according to newspaper report.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, February 7
The tragic tale of a 22-year-old aspiring fashion designer who took her own life by jumping from the George Washington Bridge on Wednesday —allegedly a victim of bullying, according to the NY Post — has attracted widespread attention on social networking sites. Riders on a jitney bus saw Ashley A. Riggitano, originally from Paramus, plunge from the New Jersey-bound lanes at around 4:40 p.m., the report said. She reportedly left a Louis Vuitton bag containing pages of notes in a "suicide diary," which included a list of five women banned from her funeral, on the bridge walkway. A Facebook page, “R.I.P. Ashley Riggitano” surfaced on Friday quickly getting tens of hundreds of ‘likes’ just hours after it was created. Condolences quickly poured…
Budding designer from Paramus left "suicide diary," according to newspaper report.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Thursday, February 7
A 22-year-old aspiring fashion designer originally from Paramus jumped off the George Washington Bridge Wednesday and left behind a list of five girls she did not want at her funeral, the New York Post reported. Riders on a jitney bus saw Ashley A. Riggitanoplunge from the New Jersey-bound lanes at around 4:40 p.m., the report said. She reportedly left a Louis Vuitton bag containing pages of notes in a "suicide diary" on the bridge walkway. Riggitano was apparently bullied by friends in the fashion industry, according to the Post report. The girls banned from her funeral were reportedly from work and college. “All my other ‘friends’ are in it for gossip,” she wrote in the letter, the Post reported. “Never there.” Riggitano had attempted…
Monday, January 14, 2013
Last year also brought most suicide attempts, report says.
A record 18 people committed suicide last year in jumps from the George Washington Bridge, the New York Post reported Monday. The number of attempted suicides also reached its highest level ever, the article said. Law enforcement sources told the Post 43 attempted suicides were reported in 2012. Last year's suicides surpassed the 2010 record of 13 deaths, the newspaper reported. Port Authority officials reportedly beefed up patrols on the bridge following a series of suicides in May.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The latest three incidents occurred Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as the latest round of toll hikes went into effect, bringing the agency’s 2012 total to 105—already more than 20 more than all of last year.
Port Authority police have charged more truck drivers with toll evasion at the George Washington Bridge so far this year than they did all of last year, as the agency continues what officials with the agency have described as a "crackdown," according to authorities. The number of drivers charged reached 104 on Sunday morning, the same day the Port Authority’s latest round of toll hikes went into effect, and climbed yet again Monday, authorities said. “Cracking down on toll evasion has been a top priority for the agency this year, and the number of arrests we have made this year are clear evidence that our efforts have been a success,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman. The agency made 83 arrests in connection with alleged toll …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Tolls went up a dollar Sunday for commuters who pay cash and 75 cents for E-ZPass users.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Monday marked the first weekday commute for drivers taking the George Washington Bridge and other Hudson River crossings from New Jersey to New York after the Port Authority’s latest round of toll hikes went into effect. At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, cash tolls at the GWB, in addition to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, Goethels and Bayonne Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing, went up from $12 to $13, and E-ZPass customers started paying $10.25—up from $9.50—during peak hours and $8.25 instead of $7.50 off-peak. The last time the Port Authority raised tolls was September 2011, when cash tolls jumped from $8 to $12 and E-ZPass tolls went from $8 to $9.50 during peak hours. And the incremental increases are expected to continue through 2014. Tolls will…