Montesano Co-Sponsors Legislation To Bolster Port Authority Ethics

Bill would restrict certain perks and provide ethical standards within organization
May 9, 2012

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C – Glen Head) is co-sponsoring legislation (A.9658) to bolster ethics at the New York Port Authority and rein in the exclusive perks its commissioners and their staff are eligible for. Under his bill, free tolls and personal expense allowances will be restricted and Port Authority employees will no longer be allowed to receive compensation or gifts from outside sources and vendors.

"For too long, Port Authority commissioners have managed to avoid operating under the set of rules and regulations other public employees must follow," said Montesano. "This legislation would provide strong ethical standards and eliminate the potentially influencing outside compensation from vendors or contractors which impugns the credibility of the Port Authority."

If enacted, Assemblyman Montesano’s legislation would only allow for toll exemptions and personal expense allowances if they are related to job-performance necessities. Port Authority employees found in violation of the legislation would be subject to disciplinary action including fines and removal from office.