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Panel gives update on Port Authority reforms

7-3-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A panel commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given its first report on the troubled Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The report released Thursday comes 60 days after the two governors formed the panel to look at the agency in the wake of recent turmoil. The Port Authority is the subject of a criminal probe over George Washington Bridge lane closures last fall and an SEC investigation the $1 billion Pulaski Bridge renovation.

Thursday’s report refers to some of the recent events as “unacceptable failures” that have tarnished the agency.

It praises reform efforts already underway, but says it will look at significant changes including how top leadership positions are filled.

The review is expected to be completed within six months.

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