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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Transportation Committee Chairs Announce Date for Second Informational Forum on Connecticut Port Authority

HARTFORD, CT – Today, Senate Chair of the Transportation Committee Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) and House Chair Roland Lemar (D-New Haven) announced the committee will hold its second informational forum in regards to the Connecticut Port Authority on Wednesday, December 4 at 10:30 am in room 1E of the Legislative Office Building. This forum will address further concerns following the recent release of an audit by the Auditors of Public Accounts on the state’s port authority.

“The report is incredibly alarming and illustrates the improper manner in which the Connecticut Port Authority was operating,” said Sen. Leone. “As co-chair of the Transportation Committee, I am committed to correcting what has transpired with the Port Authority and ensuring it functions in the way as intended by the General Assembly and properly protect and invest in the ports and waterways of Connecticut.”

“Now that we have the audit report in hand, we can move forward with the necessary steps to resolve the issues presented in the findings,” Rep. Lemar stated. “We are committed to working on viable solutions to ensure that the Port Authority operations contain provisions that will prevent similar situations that violate public trust.”

The report from the Auditors of Public Accounts revealed a number of issues including, but not limited to, a lack of statutorily required policies including procedures concerning the use of surplus funds.

The first Transportation Committee informational forum was held on August 20, 2019 to review transitions at the Connecticut Port Authority and how the state’s port authority will move forward. The informational hearing came after the Connecticut Port Authority’s Executive Director was placed on administrative leave and the Chair of the Board resigned.

The Chair of the Board stepped down after media reports the authority paid its Chair’s daughter $3,000 in agency funding to purchase professional photographs and have them hung in the Port Authority’s Old Saybrook office.

The Executive Director was placed on administrative leave for comments made to the press that were “unbecoming of a public sector leader,” according to Acting Connecticut Port Authority Chair David Kooris.

The state’s port authority was established five years ago by the legislature in order to best position the state to make good on economic development opportunities at the state’s ports.

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