Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2, 2012
BRIEFS
Port Authority Submits Request for Expedited Review of Bayonne Bridge Project Within 24 Hours of President's Executive Order
The Port Authority on March 23 submitted to federal officials a formal request that the Bayonne Bridge "Raise the Roadway" project be considered for expedited review under President Obama's Executive Order (EO) on Permitting and Federal Review issued just 24 hours earlier. Read press release.
State-of-the-Art Broadcast Center Poised to Return to World Trade Center
In a joint press release by The Durst Organization and the Port Authority, it was announced that as part of an arrangement now being finalized with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Durst Organization would oversee construction and operation of a new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility atop One World Trade Center. The installation would offer television and FM radio broadcast capabilities.
Read press release.
Did You Know?
Now there's no need to search for parking at the airports. Reserve a parking space at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and Kennedy, in advance, online with Premium Parking Reservations. For details, click on one of the links below to download a brochure, or click here to go directly to the Port Authority Web page.

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Public Meetings
The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held Thursday, April 26. Visit panynj.gov to view minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings and to view schedules for future meetings. Webcasts from the March 29 Board and committee meetings are also available online.
Port Authority Board Enacts Sweeping Employee Compensation and Benefit Reforms
Less than two months after a Special Committee of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners issued an Interim Report outlining measures to streamline management, capital and operational practices, on March 29, the Port Authority Board acted to implement sweeping reforms at the Authority. The move responds to recommendations called for in the Interim Report, prepared by Navigant Consulting, and will save more than $41 million through 2013, and tens of millions of dollars in the years ahead.

The top three reforms include requiring non-represented employees to contribute to health care coverage, eliminating certain add-on compensation, and changes to vacation policies. They account for more than $32 million of the overall anticipated savings.
 
Port Authority Overhauls Its FOI Practices To Provide Greater Transparency, Accountability
Acting to improve the Port Authority's public accountability, the agency's Board of Commissioners approved an overhauled Freedom of Information Code (FOI) March 29 to increase transparency by making it easier for individuals to obtain a wider range of Port Authority information and records.

These changes will clarify the FOI guidelines to provide greater guidance to Port Authority staff on determining availability of records faster, while also meeting public expectations for a clearer understanding of what types of records are exempt. The goal is to ensure the public has access to agency records to the greatest extent possible and aims to make the Port Authority a leader in open government initiatives.
 
Board Announces Major Reforms To Strengthen, Centralize Security Operations
At its March 29 meeting, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution designed to strengthen coordination and accountability across all security-related programs and personnel by creating a standalone Security Department and appointing the agency's first Chief Security Officer (CSO). The new CSO, who the Authority will identify via a nationwide search, will direct all elements related to agency security matters, with the Security Department assuming full operational control of the Port Authority Police Department.

The announcement came after a confidential briefing by former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Mr. Chertoff is co-founder of the security-consulting firm, the Chertoff Group, which the Board retained in late May of 2011 to perform a top-to-bottom study of the Port Authority's management of security and agency-wide security operations.
 
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