James Fortunato MTAB&T operations chief personally saved lives in burning truck crash on Verrazano Narrows Bridge Monday
2013-07-25: James Fortunato VP and chief of operations at MTA Bridges and Tunnels in New York City demonstrated great resourcefulness and bravery playing the principal role in rescuing two injured, endangered people from the wreckage of a nasty truck crash and fire on his Verrazano Narrows Bridge (VNB) early morning Monday. First word of the crash came from MTAB&T maintenance officer Amine Ghazouani driving in the opposite direction.
NY Governor Cuomo's people go for CEO Ron Rienas at Peace Bridge Authority - talk of disbandment, US takeover
2013-04-30: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's office has put out a letter to the Canadian minister for transport saying the Americans have "lost confidence" in the Peace Bridge Authority chief executive Ron Reinas. And the board's five New York state appointees are deadlocked with the five Canadians in a dispute that has been going on for some six months.
Apparently it's big news on Long Island NY when officials expect a clean procurement!
Here's a headline of Long Island News 12:
2012-06-05: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said wasteful spending by the Port Authority NYNJ at the World Trade Center required toll increases. At a press conference this week Cuomo said: "We have spent a tremendous amount of money to get Ground Zero (World Trade Center) built. And forget the blame and the delay and whose fault (it is.) But it's been billions and billions of dollars over-budget and wasted.
Patrick Foye, chief executive at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) says the law suits by their pensioners to maintain lifetime toll-free privileges are "offensive." Playing hardball he has asked New York and New Jersey tax agencies to investigate whether the pensioners owe the two states taxes on the value of these "perks." And whether they should be charged interest and tax penalties for failing to declare their taxable value.
New York Governor Cuomo pushing big rebuild of Tappan Zee Bridge on state Thruway but no finance plan yetBy Peter Samuel on January 5, 2012
After more than a decade of wishful thinking about transit as the centerpiece of reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge (TZB) over the Hudson River north of New York City plus rail and bus in some 30 miles of the corridor, state governor Andrew Cuomo has slimmed the project down to replacing the highway bridge - which has a chance to be substantially funded with toll revenues.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has written Andrew Cuomo the New York state governor lambasting the decision to abandon planning for a rebuild and modernization of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) and the Gowanus Expressway (GE), both NY/I-278 and urging they be financed with a public private partnership and pension fund i
New York State DOT's abandonment of a project to rebuild the 70 year old Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) and a connecting portion of the Gowanus Expressway for lack of money has produced calls to reconsider it with toll financing and public private partnerships (P3s).
Friday August 19 was Capitulation Day at the Port Authority New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ).
A day after the Port Authority NYNJ announced huge toll increases for September, after a panic over a threatened bond downgrade, the Governors of New York and New Jersey conferred Friday and agreed to block the PANYNJ plan. NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and NJ Gov Chris Christie issued a joint statement in which they referred to the PANYNJ toll increases as "indiscriminate and exorbitant."