New York state officials are the latest Democrats calling for Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s appointee to the Port Authority to step down.
A trio of New York Democrats issued a joint statement Wednesday calling for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s deputy executive director, Bill Baroni, to resign amid controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
The statement – released by state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa and New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez – comes on the heels of Assemblyman John Wisniewski saying publically that Baroni “outlived his usefulness” at the bi-state authority.
“New Jersey Port Authority appointees have offered one unconvincing excuse after another, and failed to take responsibility for their role in this reckless incident. Their testimony has directly contradicted both New York’s appointees and career civil servants; the lane closures were clearly not part of any legitimate traffic study,” the joint statement reads. ” Given the agency’s task of managing critical transportation infrastructure in our region, it’s time to move past this scandal and get back to work.”
Last month, Espaillat urged for public hearings to be held to investigate the lane closures.