Brennan Announces Assembly Passage of Bills for More Accountability of Two Public Authorities

June 19, 2012
Assemblymember Jim Brennan (D-Bkln) announced Assembly passage of bills to increase the accountability of two public authorities.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The first bill applies to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It brings this bi-state authority under similar rules of accountability and transparency as New York State public authorities. These include:

  • Setting forth specific procedures for disposing of Port Authority property;
  • Describing the specific information that must be included in the annual report of the Port Authority;
  • Requiring the financial statements of the Port Authority to be subject to certain auditing standards;
  • Establishing a whistleblower access and assistance program;
  • Establishing an office of Inspector General;
  • Establishing rules relating to contacts with lobbyists; and
  • Requiring the Port Authority to conduct public hearings before raising tolls and fares and provides for accommodation for the handicapped;
  • Provides for financial disclosure by the commissioners and employees who hold policy making positions to comply with the same standards as those in the state where they are assigned to work.

MTA

The second bill will require the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide the Governor and Legislature a report detailing the cuts in service since 2008; the savings, both expected and attained from those cuts; and a plan including cost for restoring all services or partial restorations in an equitable manner across the system. This report would be due by the end of this year; in time for the State to consider an appropriation in the next State budget to bring such restorations to fruition.