Friday, May 24, 2013
Random inspections to be conducted Friday through Monday, agency says.
Port Authority police officers will be out in force conducting DWI checkpoints starting Friday night and through the holiday weekend, the agency said Friday. According to the Port Authority Police Department, the PAPD will be at random locations in the evenings and early hours. Drivers will be subject to "random inspections," and police will hand out pamphlets on the dangers of drinking and driving.
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 …
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 …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Port Authority police said two men were caught Monday morning with 400 cartons of cigarettes they were allegedly taking from Virginia to New York City without paying New York taxes.
Port Authority police arrested two men at the George Washington Bridge Monday morning in connection with an alleged attempt to transport untaxed cigarettes to bodegas in Manhattan and the Bronx, officials said Tuesday. Officers Michael Brennan and Ryan Ust were patrolling the “High Occupancy Vehicle” (HOV) lane, which requires three or more occupants in a vehicle between 7 and 9 a.m. and leads to the upper level of the bridge, just after 8 a.m. Monday, when they pulled an SUV over with just two people in it, according to Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman. After stopping the SUV, the officers noticed two large boxes on the rear passenger seats and asked the two men what was in them, Coleman said. “[They] initially said the boxes …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
The alleged incident occurred Thursday morning at a bus stop under Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee, where carpoolers typically meet up to take advantage of the Port Authority’s Carpool Plan.
Two men were charged with disorderly conduct Thursday morning after an alleged struggle over a carpool ride at the George Washington Bridge, police said. The incident happened at about 9:45 a.m. at a Fort Lee bus stop on I-95 under Lemoine Avenue, where drivers looking to take advantage of the Port Authority’s discount for carpoolers typically pick up passengers, whether they know them or not, according to officials. Malik R. Corbitt, 34, of Englewood, and Yoon S. Kwon, 39, of Little Ferry, where each charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a physical struggle while trying to get into the same car, police said. “They had a dispute over who would be able to ride with that individual,” said Port Authority police spokesman…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State, Port Authority warn of "significant" eastbound delays because of Cross Bronx bridge repairs, urge drivers to use mass transit, and to expect bus delays into the city through Labor Day.
This summer could be remembered as a traffic hell by the millions of people who travel east over the George Washington Bridge thanks to the closure of a lane on the oft-congested Cross Bronx Expressway from this Friday through Labor Day. The lane closure will take place on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which spans the Harlem River and connects Manhattan to the Bronx. The bridge is already a chokepoint, as traffic from both levels of the GWB merge onto one roadway. Several other significant roadways feed into and out of the span, including the Harlem River Drive and Major Deegan Expressway. NJDOT officials are urging motorists to take mass transit into New York if possible and consider an “alternate route” or travel during off-peak hours “…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman and legislators from New Jersey’s 37th and 38th districts say the agency should hold off on further toll increases on Hudson River crossings until it gets its finances in order and reforms management.
U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) joined New Jersey Democratic lawmakers Wednesday at Fort Lee Historic Park just south of the George Washington Bridge to call on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to suspend its scheduled toll hikes until an audit can be completed and reforms implemented. The event, which was held under a park pavilion instead of against the backdrop of the GWB because of rain, took place just days after Lautenberg, Rothman, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) sent a letter to Port Authority Chairman David Samson requesting a delay in the next round of toll hikes scheduled to go into effect in December. In Fort Lee Wednesday, Lautenberg …
Friday, April 13, 2012
A spokesman said the agency is working with local officials to come up with a safer place for people to pick up passengers after a group launches an online petition calling enforcement "unfair."
In light of an online petition recently launched by a group of carpoolers hoping to stop the Port Authority from what they see as “unfairly targeting” them for picking up passengers just before the George Washington Bridge tollbooths on the south side of Bridge Plaza, a Port Authority police spokesman Wednesday defended the enforcement program but said the agency is working with Fort Lee officials to find a solution. The group of carpoolers from Fort Lee and neighboring towns mobilized last year to demand that Port Authority police stop ticketing them for violations like illegally taking on passengers or stopping at a bus stop, arguing in part that it’s been common practice for many years to pick up passengers there, whether you know them …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg co-sponsored the bill to reform the bi-state transportation agency.
Bergen County Democratic legislators were in Fort Lee Sunday calling for “swift passage” of legislation that would require greater accountability and transparency on the part of the Port Authority, calling on the agency to halt further toll increases and promising reform. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-37)—all sponsors of the PANYNJ Transparency and Accountability Act (S-1761 and A-1011) —joined other members of the Bergen County Democratic legislative delegation in touting the bill against the backdrop of the upper level tollbooths of the George Washington Bridge. The act would require regular, independent audits of Port Authority finances and mandate …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
District 37 Republican candidate Robert Lebovics: “These tolls are illegal and should be abolished, and drivers refunded their toll money.”
Just a day after State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and other Democratic lawmakers blasted the Port Authority’s toll hikes against the backdrop of the George Washington Bridge, Weinberg’s opponent in the race for the District 37 seat she currently holds, Republican Robert Lebovics of Englewood, called for the abolition of all Port Authority tolls on crossings between New York and New Jersey, saying they're “illegal and immoral, and a farce for any semblance of honest and ethical government.” “These tolls are illegal, should be abolished, and drivers refunded their toll money,” Lebovics said in a statement Monday. “It is very clear, the Port Authority is flush with cash for the upkeep and maintenance of Port Authority Crossings,” Lebovics …