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DiCicco: DRPA Economic Development Fund Should Place Ratepayers As Top Priority.

November 9, 2010

Domenick DiCicco


As ratepayers using river crossings overseen by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) face a toll increase next summer, Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco, R-Gloucester and Camden, today said that a news report in the Philadelphia Inquirer that the agency has over $50 million in its economic development account, some of which is targeted for undetermined “special projects,” is a clear indication that the DRPA places toll-payers last on their list of priorities.

“Last week, the public heard about the $850,000 contracted payout by DRPA to five marketing firms that have political ties, and now we read there are funds in an economic development account that could be used to give drivers a respite from the planned toll hike, but the authority doesn’t believe that is a top priority,”

said DiCicco. 

“Time and time again the leadership at the DRPA has shown little regard for those using the toll bridges by its mismanagement.  Those paying the fees to use these crossings are entitled to some help, not those with political connections.

“It is outrageous that two leaders at the authority can decide how to spend almost $2 million in a special fund on projects of their choosing without knowledge or approval from the board,”

continued DiCicco.

“The decisions and management practices exhibited by those in charge are beyond questionable.  The black eyes sustained by the authority over the last several months should be a knockout to the failed leadership currently in place.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jim Morris permalink
    November 9, 2010 9:39 am

    The Inquirer and Courier-Post have been printing articles about mismanagement and corruption at the DRPA for years and they just ignore all the public outrage. I think the only want to fix this agency is to replace top management starting with Matheussen.


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