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DiCicco Calls for a DRPA Investigation

July 27, 2010

Domenick DiCicco

Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco, joined with Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery, to request a federal investigation of the Delaware River Port Authority, or DRPA, from New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Pennsylvania’s Eastern District U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The DRPA has been embroiled in controversy – most recently because its Public Safety Director received a small fine last week for giving his daughter a publicly-funded E-ZPass transponder for personal use. The agency has also been the subject of media reports alleging cronyism and pension padding.

The following is an excerpt of the letter sent to the U.S. Attorneys, which was also sent to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Attorney General Paula Dow and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Attorney General Tom Corbett. A complete version is attached:

The public is entitled to know whether this episode warrants criminal charges and if the authority is engaged in any other practice that law enforcement should be concerned with. Separate media reports have suggested instances of cronyism and pension padding. All matters should be fully investigated.

This $300-million-a-year bi-state agency is funded by the $4 tolls of hard-working New Jersey and Pennsylvania families who cross the Delaware River for work and recreation. They deserve assurance that their toll money is not abused by supposed public servants.

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Dear U.S. Attorneys Memeger and Fishman:

We were quite dismayed to read recent media reports about the misuse of a publicly-funded E-ZPass transponder by the Delaware River Port Authority, or DRPA, Public Safety Director Michael Joyce.

Mr. Joyce improperly gave an E-ZPass transponder that allows DRPA employees to cross authority bridges without paying tolls to his daughter who attends school in Philadelphia. For this misuse, if not theft, of public funds, Mr. Joyce was fined three days’ pay, plus the maximum amount of tolls his daughter could have used. The total fine and restitution for this egregious act was roughly $2,600.

We think that the cavalier response to this violation of the public trust, which included DRPA chief executive John Matheussen calling it “a judgment error,” is a strong signal that this authority needs to be fully investigated by federal United States Attorneys representing Pennsylvnia’s Eastern District and New Jersey.

The public is entitled to know whether this episode warrants criminal charges and if the authority is engaged in any other practice that law enforcement should be concerned with. Separate media reports have suggested instances of cronyism and pension padding. All matters should be fully investigated.

This $300-million-a-year bi-state agency is funded by the $4 tolls of hard-working New Jersey and Pennsylvania families who cross the Delaware River for work and recreation. They deserve assurance that their toll money is not abused by supposed public servants.

The actions of the DRPA has drawn criticism from the media and elected officials, and more importantly, from the public it is supposed to serve. We know you will share our concern and we hope you will launch a thorough and cooperative effort to make sure DRPA officials are held accountable for any improper actions and that the agency is working honestly and efficiently for the people of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

We look forward to your responses.

Sincerely,
Domenick C. DiCicco, Jr. and Mike Vereb

Cc: Governor Chris Christie, Governor Ed Rendell, NJ Attorney General Paula Dow, PA Attorney General Tom Corbett

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tyrone permalink
    August 11, 2010 6:32 pm

    In Pennsylvania is a perfect example of the white greed and the Buddy System that has destroyed America’s economy and kept employment high for many Americans . Especially black Americans! The DRPA operates the four bridges connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the Philadelphia area, including the heavily traveled Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman. It also runs the PATCO commuter rail line. Citizen are paying $4 at the tolls and the corrupt DRPA wants to raise it a dollar! Corruption in the DRPA is a understatement the top person at the DRPA makes more then the Pennsylvania Governor! White greed and the Buddy System has allowed family member to get free easy passes and drive tax own cars. Family member of the DRPA are given jobs over more quantify applicants and this has been the practice from day one! The very shame of it all is 75% of the tolls goes to the toll takers and the administration! This is true of all toll taking scams in America! DRPA vice chairman Jeff Nash after getting caught not doing his job said he did not realize until recently that the 100-toll or train ride per year perk was available to all the agency’s workers and retirees. It’s a perk that should not exist,” he said. Nash said the benefit has existed for years, but has become more objectionable in a time when the toll is up to $4 for cars heading from New Jersey to Philadelphia.Nash and chairman John Estey say they plan to make proposals to eliminate the free rides for managers.Nash said it would have to be worked out with unions representing other workers.Nash said some of the policy changes can be made by the DRPA’s top executive while others will need approval from its board, possibly at a special meeting! This is a joke white greed and “The White Buddy System” will find a way around giving up their perks! Governor Edward G. Rendell is a piss poor Governor that has allowed this type of behavior! Mayor Nutter is another politician that is piss poor and allows the same behavior! The taxpayer are told TOO-BAD-SO-SAD we got the power you the taxpayer you get the bill. It is how white America (SO-CALL FOUNDING FATHERS) establish this country. The white welfare system started with enslavement of black people and the free labor and white government approval of discrimination! Today NOTHING has change the DRPA is not alone! Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey talked about reducing taxes then increase the Governor’s adminstration of people making $90,000 to $130,000 from 17…to..37. Started the same BS as the DRPA!They are the very example of the evil of America’s pass! Every American institution is infected by the white buddy system and racial discrimination! The thing white people should know is we all paid because the rich white and powerful get richer and more powerful not all white benefit! That why the mostly white Republican Party destroyed the economy and has nothing but criticism for President Obama. The Republican Party wants to make white American believe the big bad first black President is going to stop the first hire last fire from getting special treatment. When in fact more white lost under Republican rule then any other Americans!

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