Pataki Resists Foreign Take-Over of Port

In a statement yesterday, Gov. Pataki joined a growing chorus of politicians defying the Bush administration’s plan to hand over control of several major American ports, including ports operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to a conglomerate owned by the United Arab Emirates.

He is ordering the P.A. “to explore all legal options that may be available to them in regards to this transaction,” according to the quote in The New York Times. The Republican presidential hopeful made his remarks in the wake of intense Democratic criticism of the plan–including from New York’s Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton–and despite White House warnings that the President considered the deal to be final.

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- Tom McGeveran