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November 17, 2010

Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco

Board members of the Delaware River Port Authority should stop making excuses and approve a resolution on behalf of toll payers that would postpone next summer’s $1 toll increase, Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco said today.

The agency could vote Wednesday on a resolution that would push back the toll increase from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012 on the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry Bridges. The resolution proposes using unspent economic development funds to replace the projected toll-increase revenue, but some high-ranking board members say they don’t approve because of the impact on the agency’s bond ratings, according to the Courier-Post and Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Toll payers should not pay one dollar more until they can be assured that the DRPA has reformed and is no longer wasting millions of their dollars on politically-connected marketing firms, bike races and a municipal football field,” 

DiCicco said.

“Board members should stop inventing excuses and become accountable to toll payers instead of blaming Wall Street in order to cater to their own selfish interests.”

 

For months, DiCicco has worked with Pennsylvania State Representative Michael Vereb on bi-state legislation to reform the agency. They first called for the agency to suspend its toll increase in July.

“I’m glad to see that some board members acknowledge that the DRPA has to manage public funds responsibly and effectively for toll payers,”

DiCicco said.

“Unfortunately, there are still some members who can’t see the light of day and continue to cling to the wasteful ways that have cost this agency all public trust.”

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