Tuesday, April 2, 2013
George Washington Bridge and JFK Airport Control Tower to be
lit blue during the month of April to support autism awareness.
The lights on the George Washington Bridge will be lit blue as the Port Authority joins Autism Speaks in their "Light it Up Blue" campaign. “The Port Authority is proud to show its strong support for a disorder that touches the lives of dozens of our own employees and millions of Americans,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. The United Nations has designated April 2 as Autism Awareness Day to support the efforts of those affected by autism as well as those working to find a cure and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is supporting those efforts for the fourth straight year. “I’m pleased that the Port Authority is taking part in this global effort to shine a light on organizations supporting the effort to find a …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The latest three incidents occurred Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as the latest round of toll hikes went into effect, bringing the agency’s 2012 total to 105—already more than 20 more than all of last year.
Port Authority police have charged more truck drivers with toll evasion at the George Washington Bridge so far this year than they did all of last year, as the agency continues what officials with the agency have described as a "crackdown," according to authorities. The number of drivers charged reached 104 on Sunday morning, the same day the Port Authority’s latest round of toll hikes went into effect, and climbed yet again Monday, authorities said. “Cracking down on toll evasion has been a top priority for the agency this year, and the number of arrests we have made this year are clear evidence that our efforts have been a success,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman. The agency made 83 arrests in connection with alleged toll …
Tolls went up a dollar Sunday for commuters who pay cash and 75 cents for E-ZPass users.
Monday marked the first weekday commute for drivers taking the George Washington Bridge and other Hudson River crossings from New Jersey to New York after the Port Authority’s latest round of toll hikes went into effect. At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, cash tolls at the GWB, in addition to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, Goethels and Bayonne Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing, went up from $12 to $13, and E-ZPass customers started paying $10.25—up from $9.50—during peak hours and $8.25 instead of $7.50 off-peak. The last time the Port Authority raised tolls was September 2011, when cash tolls jumped from $8 to $12 and E-ZPass tolls went from $8 to $9.50 during peak hours. And the incremental increases are expected to continue through 2015, when cash-…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Port Authority officials allege the driver tried to pass through the George Washington Bridge’s main toll plaza Wednesday with no front license plate and an obscured rear plate.
Port Authority police arrested a Palm City, Florida man on toll evasion charges Wednesday at the George Washington Bridge because he allegedly had a missing front license plate, a bent and obscured rear plate and no E-ZPass tag, authorities said. At 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Jason Malice of the Port Authority Police Department was on patrol at the main toll plaza of the bridge when he spotted a 1999 Volvo tractor-trailer with a missing front license plate, according to authorities. “Upon further inspection, [Malice] found that the rear license plate on the truck was bent so E-ZPass cameras could not capture an image,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman, adding that the driver didn’t have an E-ZPass tag either. The driver, …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Port Authority electrician Chris Bonanno, whose sister has breast cancer, had the idea to light up the New York/New Jersey span with pink necklace lights every night in October.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
- Erik Wander
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and drivers who cross the George Washington Bridge and Fort Lee residents with a view of the bridge can’t help but notice. For the third year running, the necklace lights on the GWB are pink for the entire month thanks to the efforts of Chris Bonanno, an electrician with the Port Authority, whose sister has breast cancer and who took the initiative to start the program. “He’s got all the other electricians involved in it,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman of Bonanno, who cut gels and ran tests at his home to make sure it was a safe thing to do. “They do this as part of the routine maintenance on the bridge so there’s no additional cost, and he donates some of the gels and the supplies on…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Port Authority police said two men were caught Monday morning with 400 cartons of cigarettes they were allegedly taking from Virginia to New York City without paying New York taxes.
Port Authority police arrested two men at the George Washington Bridge Monday morning in connection with an alleged attempt to transport untaxed cigarettes to bodegas in Manhattan and the Bronx, officials said Tuesday. Officers Michael Brennan and Ryan Ust were patrolling the “High Occupancy Vehicle” (HOV) lane, which requires three or more occupants in a vehicle between 7 and 9 a.m. and leads to the upper level of the bridge, just after 8 a.m. Monday, when they pulled an SUV over with just two people in it, according to Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman. After stopping the SUV, the officers noticed two large boxes on the rear passenger seats and asked the two men what was in them, Coleman said. “[They] initially said the boxes …
Friday, August 3, 2012
The alleged incident occurred Thursday morning at a bus stop under Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee, where carpoolers typically meet up to take advantage of the Port Authority’s Carpool Plan.
Two men were charged with disorderly conduct Thursday morning after an alleged struggle over a carpool ride at the George Washington Bridge, police said. The incident happened at about 9:45 a.m. at a Fort Lee bus stop on I-95 under Lemoine Avenue, where drivers looking to take advantage of the Port Authority’s discount for carpoolers typically pick up passengers, whether they know them or not, according to officials. Malik R. Corbitt, 34, of Englewood, and Yoon S. Kwon, 39, of Little Ferry, where each charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a physical struggle while trying to get into the same car, police said. “They had a dispute over who would be able to ride with that individual,” said Port Authority police spokesman…
Friday, July 27, 2012
Gov. Christie’s nominee for the state’s highest court, Philip Kwon, would have become the state’s first Asian-American justice. Instead he will take on the job of deputy general counsel for the Port Authority, report says.
A first assistant state attorney general, whose nomination to the state Supreme Court was narrowly rejected earlier this year by the Senate Judiciary Committee, will become the Port Authority’s new deputy general counsel, replacing former New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow in the post, NJ.com reported Thursday. Philip Kwon, 47, will take on the job previously held by Dow, who was hired after her own failed nomination to the state Superior Court, according to the report, which also said she left the position, for which she earned a $215,000 salary, after being appointed as a Burlington County judge. Kwon would have been New Jersey’s first Asian-American Supreme Court justice, but the Judiciary Committee denied Gov. Chris Christie’s pick …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The United Republican Club of Fort Lee invited a group who successfully fought the Port Authority for the right to carpool near the bridge to tell their stories Tuesday and receive certificates of appreciation.
A small group of George Washington Bridge carpoolers who recently took on the Port Authority over the right to pick up passengers near the tollbooths as they have been doing for years—and apparently won—were honored for their efforts Tuesday by the United Republican Club of Fort Lee at the local GOP group’s monthly meeting. “The Fort Lee GOP is honored to be the first to recognize these citizens and to say ‘Bravo’ to them,” said club president David Cohen. “And I hope that the honors don’t stop here.” He added, “People have described what’s going on down at the bridge as a cat and mouse game between the Port Authority and average citizens.” “To me this is not a cat and mouse story,” Cohen said. “This is a modern day David and Goliath story…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
State, Port Authority warn of "significant" eastbound delays because of Cross Bronx bridge repairs, urge drivers to use mass transit, and to expect bus delays into the city through Labor Day.
This summer could be remembered as a traffic hell by the millions of people who travel east over the George Washington Bridge thanks to the closure of a lane on the oft-congested Cross Bronx Expressway from this Friday through Labor Day. The lane closure will take place on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which spans the Harlem River and connects Manhattan to the Bronx. The bridge is already a chokepoint, as traffic from both levels of the GWB merge onto one roadway. Several other significant roadways feed into and out of the span, including the Harlem River Drive and Major Deegan Expressway. NJDOT officials are urging motorists to take mass transit into New York if possible and consider an “alternate route” or travel during off-peak hours “…