State comptroller finds New Jersey Turnpike "squandered tens of millions…on perks, bonuses, poorly managed…"By Peter Samuel on October 20, 2010
The New Jersey state comptroller has produced a fiercely critical report on recent management of the state Turnpike saying it has squandered tens of millions of dollars year because of failure to identify best value services and through self-serving and unjustified bonuses and payouts. The report amounts to a serious indictment of recently departed executive director Diane Scaccetti, and singles out her own pay as excessive.
For sheer chutzpah and audacity at tapping the public till a prize goes not to a Pennsylvanian but to New Jerseyite - to "legal counsel" for the South Jersey (toll) Transportation Authority (SJTA), Michael A Angelini. The guy though clearly an outside consultant managed to persuade someone at SJTA years ago that he should be paid as if he were an employee and enrolled in the state pension system called PERS (Public Employees Retirement System).
US congressman Glenn `GT’ Thompson, (Republican, Howard, 5th District PA) is asking Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett to investigate claims in former financial manager Ralph Bailets’ lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC).
A former finance manager Ralph M Bailets has lodged a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg Pennsylvania accusing Turnpike Commission chiefs of serious wrongdoing. He says he was fired for his efforts to resist corrupt procurement practices and waste at the Turnpike Commission.