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Port Authority Bill Vetoed by NY, NJ Governors: Report

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Andrew Burt/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 03:34 PM

The Port Authority bill designed to overhaul the agency was vetoed over the weekend by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie despite getting the approval of the four legislatures between both states.

Cuomo and Christie vetoed the legislation designed to treat the Port Authority like other New York public authorities "by legally requiring commissioners to put the agency’s fiduciary responsibility first," the New York Daily News reported.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s spokesman told the newspaper that trying to override the veto would be "impractical."

Christie, a Republican, and Cuomo, a Democrat, told NJ.com that they would support Port Authority reform that was recommended by an appointed panel. But the more far-reaching bill passed by legislatures in both states would not receive their approval.

"We crossed party lines to pass Port Authority reform, and they crossed party lines to obstruct it," Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle told NJ.com, adding that the governors were "spineless" for announcing their veto intentions Saturday in the holiday hubbub when the public might not be paying attention.

Part of the reform wanted by the Special Panel on the Future of the Port Authority included getting rid of two positions — that of executive director and deputy executive director — that tended to divide the agency because each supported the governor who appointed him or her, NJ.com said.

The legislation also moved past creating just one position to run the Port Authority by increasing accountability within the agency.

Silver’s spokesman, Michael Whyland, told the News, "We will work with our colleagues in both states to bring increased accountability to the Port Authority."

NJ.com said any efforts to override the veto would be fruitless because of the time crunch. The end of the year brings the expiration of New York’s legislative session, and once it expires, the chance to override the veto does too. New Jersey, however, has a year left on its session.

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