Jan Gilhooly was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
However, Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13), of Middletown, was cut off by committee Chair Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-22), of Linden, when he attempted to give his opinion on the nomination. Scutari cut him off mid-sentence, telling him to save it for the Senate floor later Thursday afternoon.
Though Kyrillos said the nominee was a “good formula,” because he was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie in November and is also favored by Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), of Elizabeth, he could not go any further before being interrupted.
Gilhooly has a strong law enforcement background. The Waterfront Commission, established in 1953 by the U.S. Congress, is called to “investigate deter, combat, and remedy criminal activity and influence in the Port of New York and New Jersey and to ensure fair hiring and employment practices, so that the Port region can grow and prosper.”
Both governors of New York and New Jersey appoint an official to mutually head the Waterfront Commission.
Gilhooly brings to the table a 29-year career as a U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge. Gilhooly is replacing Gov. Corzine’s appointee, Barry H. Evenchick, from 2009.