Corbett, like former Gov. Ed Rendell, had appointed himself to the board of the bistate agency, which operates four toll bridges and the PATCO commuter rail line between South Jersey and Philadelphia. He was elected chairman in March 2011.
He announced in August that he was leaving the board, but his departure was delayed when five New Jersey members boycotted the August board meeting, preventing a vote on his replacement.
The New Jersey members said they were objecting to a proposed $35,000 raise, to $165,000 a year, for the DRPA's new inspector general, Thomas Raftery 3d.
After internal wrangling, the raise was shelved, and the New Jersey board members Wednesday joined their Pennsylvania colleagues in unanimously approving Corbett's replacements.
Simon, 59, of Gwynedd Valley, chaired Corbett's transition teams for the Pennsylvania Departments of Insurance and Public Welfare. He served in the administration of Gov. Tom Ridge as chief counsel for the Department of Insurance.
Reilly, 50, of Middletown Township, is a former chairman of the Delaware County Council.
He is a partner in the Media law firm of Swartz Campbell, specializing in municipal liability, personal injury, and real estate and commercial litigation. His clients include the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority, the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board, the Brandywine Conference and Visitors' Bureau, electricians union Local 654, and Aston Township.
The board on Wednesday also approved eight measures, part of an effort to tighten, clarify, and implement changes initially approved in 2010 at the behest of Gov. Christie and Rendell. The rules are designed to make the agency more accountable, transparent, and fair.
The changes come in the wake of a report in June by Raftery, the inspector general, that chastised the board for not putting many of its 2010 changes into daily practice.
The changes approved Wednesday included bans on nepotism, DRPA officials taking gifts, DRPA commissioners meeting to discuss business outside board meetings, and limiting outside employment and in-kind contributions.
The board officially eliminated two positions that had been seen as patronage havens: chief public safety officer (with a salary of $180,081) and assistant to the vice chairman of the board ($140,000).
Both once were held by Michael Joyce, a Pennsauken lawyer who resigned in 2010 after it was revealed that he had borrowed a free E-ZPass transponder in 2008 from another DRPA executive, corporate secretary John Lawless, for his daughter to use to attend high school in Montgomery County.
In other business Wednesday, the board approved spending about $26 million.
About $600,000 was awarded to engineering firm Ammann & Whitney Inc., headquartered in New York, to design a bicycle and pedestrian ramp on the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The ramp, expected to cost about $3.2 million, will replace a steep staircase with 39 steps. The Philadelphia side already has a sidewalk that gently ascends to the bridge's walkway.
John Boyle, research director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, said the battle to get the ramp had been "a long, hard process, but I feel like we're in a good place now."
The board awarded a $7.7 million contract to HNTB Corp. of Philadelphia to oversee reconstruction of the PATCO commuter rail track on the Ben Franklin Bridge.
About $1.4 million was awarded to Carr & Duff Inc. of Huntingdon Valley for installation of security cameras on the Walt Whitman and Betsy Ross Bridges. And $1 million was awarded to AECOM Technical Services Inc. of Philadelphia to make preparations for the painting of the Commodore Barry Bridge, last painted in 1996.
The biggest expense Wednesday was a $12.2 million contract to provide health insurance for DRPA and PATCO employees. The contract, which represents an 11.5 percent increase over the current plan, was awarded to United Healthcare.
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