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Port Authority Ethics Chair to Cops: 'Shut the F--- Up'

Caren Turner resigned but says she didn't violate code of ethics

(Newser) - A traffic stop in New Jersey over Easter weekend was pretty routine—a car with tinted front windows, obstructed tags, and expired registration was impounded—until the ethics chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey turned up. Caren Turner, the mother of one of the car'... More »

Report: Christie Learned Hard Way About Loss of Airport Perk

He's now New Jersey's ex-governor

(Newser) - Chris Christie has lost one of the perks he enjoyed as New Jersey governor, and sources tell Bloomberg that he found out the hard way. Christie, who left office on Tuesday, tried to use a VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport with his state police detail Thursday morning and... More »

Miracle on the Hudson Legacy: 70K Dead Birds

NYC airports kill the birds that were blamed for crash, with little evidence skies are safer

(Newser) - Birds took the blame for bringing down the jetliner that "Sully" Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River eight years ago this weekend. They have been paying for it with their lives ever since. An AP analysis of bird-killing programs at the New York City area's three major airports... More »

NJ Guy Busted With $20K in Toll Violations

More than 300 of them

(Newser) - Authorities say a New Jersey man was arrested after racking up over 300 toll violations and failing to pay more than $20,000 in tolls and fees. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement that James Clicerio, of Old Bridge, NJ, was arrested on... More »

Jersey Man Charged Over $13K Toll Bill

He was caught driving without a license plate: agents

(Newser) - A New Jersey man's alleged attempt to avoid adding to his $13,000 debt in unpaid tolls and fines didn't quite work out as planned Tuesday. Port Authority agents pulled over Oscar Sanchez near the Holland Tunnel because his black Mercedes-Benz didn't have a front license plate,... More »

Ex-Official: Christie Illegally Blabbed About Grand Jury

David Wildstein gives sworn statement saying NJ governor divulged secret info

(Newser) - Chris Christie's decision to run for president may have to wait as he deals with a new legal distraction. A sworn statement by David Wildstein, the ex-Port Authority official accused of shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, not only seems to show that Wildstein regularly... More »

9 Rookie Cops Fired After Wild Graduation Party

Port Authority in New Jersey cuts them loose quickly

(Newser) - Nine newly sworn-in officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey managed to make it just hours into their careers before dooming said careers. All got fired yesterday for a taking part in a too-rowdy graduation party in a Hoboken bar, reports the Star-Ledger . When bouncers tried... More »

Christie Under Investigation for Another Bridge Closing

Federal prosecutors looking into whether he deceived bondholders

(Newser) - Apparently Chris Christie has a problem with bridges. Federal prosecutors' investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal has now widened to include several other bridge closings, the New York Times reports. So far they're focused primarily on repairs to the Pulaski Skyway, and while the allegations aren't nearly... More »

NJ Bridge Official Takes the 5th, Accused of Contempt

Lawmakers try to grill ex-Port Authority exec David Wildstein

(Newser) - One of the political appointees smack dab in the middle of Chris Christie's traffic scandal had to face New Jersey state lawmakers today to explain why he shut down two lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September. But David Wildstein—who recently resigned as a Port Authority exec—... More »

Cop Saves His 5th Bridge Jumper —This Year

Jesse Turano shrugs off praise for repeated heroics on George Washington Bridge

(Newser) - Port Authority Police Officer Jesse Turano was patrolling the George Washington Bridge Tuesday night when he got a call about a man who had entered a closed walkway, even after a security guard ordered him not to. When he got there, Turano "could just tell by his mannerisms" that... More »

Antenna Spat May Cost WTC Site 'Highest Tower' Title

Ornamental casing might be scrapped

(Newser) - The owners of the One World Trade Center tower are feuding with the tower's architects over the 408-foot antenna that will protrude from its roof, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Port Authority and developer Douglas Durst want to dispense with an ornamental white shell that was originally supposed... More »

NYC Short $3M for 9/11 Memorial

Port Authority refuses to pay

(Newser) - New York’s long-awaited 9/11 Memorial is supposed to open in just a couple months, but officials still need another $3 million to finish the thing—and Port Authority says it won’t pay. “I’m going down to City Hall today to make it clear that somebody else... More »

Rising at Last, Ground Zero Tower Faces New Hurdle

Investors take issue with bond sale; could delay building once again

(Newser) - After seemingly interminable delays, a new World Trade Center tower is finally rising—but now it’s encountering new financial problems. An institutional investor group is holding up the $1.3 billion bond sale that would finance the construction of Tower 4 for fear it could hurt the value of... More »

Zazi Drove Explosives Into NYC—Right Past Police

Port Authority stopped him, on FBI orders, but then waved him on

(Newser) - Would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi drove across the George Washington Bridge into New York City in September with two pounds of explosives in his car—explosives that the Port Authority Police didn't find though they stopped his vehicle. The oversight, which hadn't been publicly disclosed, has caused friction between Port... More »

Cops Arrest Man Behind Newark Security Snafu

No word on identity of person who shut down terminal for hours

(Newser) - Authorities tonight arrested the man who slipped through security Sunday at Newark airport, identifying him as 28-year-old New Jersey resident Haisong Jiang. His move shut down the terminal for hours as security forces searched for him. Jiang—taken into custody at his Piscataway home, the AP reports—was seen kissing... More »

NYC Gives Jumpy Citizens Heads-Up on Emergency Drill

'Lots of sirens' Sunday in Lower Manhattan

(Newser) - Mindful of the panic caused by the Air Force One flyover, New York is giving its residents fair warning of a massive emergency drill scheduled for Sunday, Reuters reports. The heads-up is “not necessarily” because of the scare, a spokesman said. But “people will see and hear lots... More »

Ground Zero Developer Wants a Bailout

(Newser) - The long-delayed rebuilding at the World Trade Center site has hit another snag. Private developer Larry Silverstein is asking for financial help from the government—specifically, the already strapped Port Authority, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources think the agency is so eager to avoid more delays it will help... More »

Merrill Quits Talks to Move to Ground Zero

Financially struggling brokerage backs out of delayed, over-budget project

(Newser) - Years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, the project to rebuild Ground Zero took another blow as struggling brokerage Merrill Lynch—projected as an anchor tenant for one of four planned office buildings—ended talks with the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein, reports the New York Times. More »

WTC Project Years Behind, Billions Over

Memorial unlikely to be ready for 10th anniversary of 9/11

(Newser) - The problem-plagued World Trade Center rebuilding project will be completed years behind schedule and up to $3 billion over budget, reports the Wall Street Journal. Construction of the various elements of the $15 billion complex—which includes a sprawling 9/11 memorial, office towers, a performing arts center, and a transportation... More »

Moving Day for 9/11's Stairway to Freedom

Way out of horror for thousands of survivors will be part of memorial

(Newser) - A potent symbol of survival on 9/11—a 37-step staircase used by thousands to escape the Twin Towers—was temporarily moved yesterday as part of a compromise plan that will incorporate the structure into the World Trade Center memorial. The stairs were hoisted on a flatbed and shifted to another... More »

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