August 17, 2015 |
GOV. Wolf has quietly appointed a new commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority following a Daily News story last month that led to the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Whitney White. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan confirmed yesterday that attorney Carl Singley - the former dean of Temple University's law school and onetime close friend of John Street - had been appointed to the DRPA's board on Aug. 4. Unlike Wolf's previous appointments, Singley's was not publicly announced.
August 12, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority quietly gave 2.5 percent raises to nonunion workers in April, retroactive to the beginning of the year. The 223 workers had not had raises in six years, and the new DRPA board chairman, Philadelphia labor leader Ryan Boyer, said when he was appointed by Gov. Wolf in March that he would advocate for pay raises. But the raises were not publicly announced and the DRPA board did not vote on them. Gov. Christie, who has the power to veto board actions, was informed of the raises and did not object, said DRPA board vice chairman Jeffrey L. Nash, leader of the New Jersey delegation on the bistate board.
August 9, 2015 |
Security screening on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for the papal visit next month won't be done by the Secret Service or Philadelphia police, the Secret Service said Friday. The bridge will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic for the papal visit, and all visitors will be screened, according to local law enforcement officers briefed on the plans. The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the bridge, has declined to disclose its security plans for the bridge. Camden County officials have said visitors can expect long lines and "some inconvenience.
August 8, 2015 |
Police will face a massive task in screening the 100,000 pedestrians a day expected to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge from New Jersey to see the pope in Philadelphia next month. If 100,000 people are screened, that would be four times as many people as are screened at Philadelphia International Airport on an average day. Law enforcement officials briefed on bridge security plans said all papal visitors would be individually screened before they crossed the bridge. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the plans.
August 3, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority can't decide whether to close the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for the papal visit without the Secret Service giving up more information about security restrictions. Problem is, says DRPA chief executive John Hanson, the Secret Service has not been forthcoming with needed details. The Secret Service wants control, he added, but not responsibility. With Pope Francis and as many as 1.5 million visitors expected in Philadelphia in less than two months, the Secret Service appeared to be at loggerheads with local agencies wrestling with rail and vehicle restrictions - and growing public frustration.
August 2, 2015 |
Whitney White, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, has resigned as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, following a Philadelphia Daily News story about his bankruptcies and failed businesses. In a letter to Gov. Wolf dated Thursday, White said his resignation was effective Friday. "I thank you for the opportunity to have served the constitution, people, and government of Pennsylvania, in a faithful, effective, and honorable manner," White wrote. "I shall again, be available to serve the State of Pennsylvania when called upon.
July 31, 2015
THINGS HAVE BEEN a little crazy here lately, with the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah sapping our limited resources. But there has been some fallout from our Wednesday story about Whitney White , the mysterious entrepreneur fired from a Chester government post in 2012 who resurfaced at the Delaware River Port Authority this year when Gov. Wolf appointed him as a DRPA commissioner. We reported that White's "think tank," the Global Institute for Strategic Investment, actually is located in the basement of a Northern Liberties rowhouse with four tax liens.
July 31, 2015 |
As part of an ongoing makeover of the Delaware River Port Authority following Gov. Wolf's election, the DRPA's deputy chief executive officer is being replaced. Michael Conallen Jr., a former aide to two Republican congressmen, was dismissed Tuesday. He said his last day would be Friday. Wolf, a Democrat, has been replacing Republican appointees at the bistate DRPA for several months. "There are no hard feelings," said Conallen, who took the $174,000-a-year job in January 2012 under Gov. Tom Corbett.
July 30, 2015 |
WHEN GOV. Wolf appointed Whitney White to the Delaware River Port Authority this year, Wolf's office said White was one of six qualified appointees who would "bring important expertise and diverse perspectives" to the debt-ridden agency that runs toll bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. "DRPA's work is vital to our economic success and these professionals will help the commonwealth create jobs that pay for middle-class families," Wolf said in a statement in March, when White and the others were appointed to six-year terms.
July 24, 2015 |
One thousand tour buses parked along the Camden waterfront. Huge crowds at PATCO stations. A mass of pedestrians making the 1.7-mile trek across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. That is a potential glimpse of South Jersey during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September. And transportation and law enforcement officials in Camden County, who provided initial details Wednesday, had a message: Don't think South Jersey won't be affected just because it's across the river from the papal festivities.