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April 29, 1988 | By James Asher, Inquirer Staff Writer
James R. Kelly, president of the Delaware River Port Authority for the last eight years, will retire effective Jan. 29 - the first of many resignations likely to hit the authority in coming months. Kelly, 65, who sent letters Wednesday notifying the Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, DRPA chairman, and vice chairman William Dickey of his decision, said yesterday that he "was tired" and wanted a change after 28 years with the authority. The vacancy in the top administrative staff job at the DRPA is expected to create some controversy as officials of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the two states representated on the authority, try to select a replacement for Kelly.
NEWS
August 25, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The board of the DRPA on Wednesday toughened conflict-of-interest and other rules before going into closed session to decide the fate of Corporate Secretary John Lawless. After meeting for almost three hours, board members voted to merge the position of corporate secretary with the position of general counsel, which is held by Richard Brown. The move leaves Lawless without a DRPA job; he said after the meeting he expects to sue the agency. Lawless, a former Pennsylvania state legislator, was escorted from the building in April for still-undisclosed reasons.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
NEWS
September 11, 2009
After shelling out less than expected for a big purchase, most people would be relieved to put away their checkbook. Unless, of course, you're a member of the free-spending Delaware River Port Authority board and writing fat checks with public dollars. The bistate agency agreed this summer to spend up to $6 million to demolish Riverfront State Prison in North Camden to make way for waterfront development. Never mind that the price of the job may be much less than what the DRPA earmarked.
BUSINESS
February 9, 1988 | By KEVIN HANEY, Daily News Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority set course yesterday toward a merger of public and private docks on both sides of the river. The authority's board of commissioners agreed to spend $300,000 to establish a division that will draft a plan allowing for consolidation of public and private marine terminals, with an eye on buying out the private facilities. The proposal was approved unanimously by the DRPA board's operations and maintenance committee yesterday, with no dissent from other authority commissioners attending the meeting.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1987 | By KEVIN HANEY, Daily News Staff Writer
Legal work being done by Francis A. Scanlan, the maritime lawyer Gov. Casey appointed three months ago to head the Delaware River Port Authority, has led Casey to seek Scanlan's resignation. "He has been asked by the governor's chief counsel to resign," Casey press spokesman Ron Jury said yesterday, "It's expected that Mr. Scanlan will resign. " Scanlan met earlier this week with the governor's counsel, Morey Myers, who asked him to resign because Casey feared Scanlan's continuing law practice might create conflicts of interest between the authority and his clients' interests.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Hanson, the new chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, said Wednesday he will try to improve service for the agency's customers - the motorists who use its toll bridges and rail commuters who travel on PATCO trains. "I want to emphasize our stewardship role," said Hanson, the former DRPA chief financial officer who was selected Wednesday as permanent CEO. He had been acting CEO since January. "We hold the bridges in trust for the public. " The DRPA's newly installed chairman of the board, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, also said his focus would be on "affordable and excellent transportation.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1987 | By James Asher, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority has paid $200,000 to its former representative in Bogota to resolve his claim that his firing last summer violated Colombian law. The $200,000 cash payment to Guillermo Petersson Rivadeneira was negotiated late last month by DRPA attorney John Yeomans in Bogota. Petersson also will receive a $58,000 distribution from the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, representing Petersson's contributions to the fund, and $800 a month in normal pension benefits.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1994 | By Henry J. Holcomb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delaware River Port Authority yesterday replaced the centralized management of its four bridges with a new system intended to improve maintenance and traffic flow and make employees more content. Each of the bi-state authority's Delaware River toll bridges - the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry - will have its own manager, with full authority and responsibility for day-to-day bridge operations. "The change is from a highly centralized, autocratic structure," the DRPA's executive director, Paul Drayton Jr., wrote to the board, "to a decentralized management where customer, employee and bridge needs and problems are anticipated and . . . solutions are implemented locally at each facility.
NEWS
February 21, 2013
By Rob Teplitz For the past five years, I have served as former Auditor General Jack Wagner's alternate commissioner on the board of the Delaware River Port Authority. During that time, we created two independent watchdogs within the agency, the Audit Committee and the Office of Inspector General. These two entities were the most significant reforms passed by the board in decades, and both share the same general mission: hold employees and the board to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and good government.
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May 8, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority plans to seek $22.4 million from the Obama administration to reopen the long-closed "ghost station" below Franklin Square in Old City. DRPA officials said Wednesday they will apply for a grant from the Department of Transportation to cover a $28 million price tag, of which the federal government would pay 80 percent. A study for the DRPA in March estimated it would cost $26.5 million to reopen the 79-year-old station, including the cost of such improvements as escalators and an entrance on the south side of Race Street.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement. Tim Pulte, of Garnet Valley, had been COO since August, 2009, with an annual salary of $180,081. The bi-state DRPA board, newly reconstituted with appointees of Gov. Wolf, decided Wednesday "to go a different direction...it's no disparagement on Tim Pulte," said new DRPA board chairman Ryan Boyer, the business manager of Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority board on Wednesday approved an $800,000 loan guarantee to help keep the Battleship New Jersey operating as a tourist attraction on the Camden waterfront. The DRPA board originally guaranteed a $1 million loan in 2003 to the Home Port Alliance, which operates the battleship, and has renewed the guarantee every three years since. The amount was whittled down to $900,000 in 2012 and to $800,000 this year. The loan guarantee, approved Wednesday for a 10-year period, is in addition to grants of $11 million made by the DRPA to the Home Port Alliance between 2000 and 2005.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pay raises for workers and an end to delays in rebuilding PATCO commuter railcars are two of the top priorities of the new chairman of the board of the Delaware River Port Authority. Ryan Boyer, a Philadelphia labor leader who was appointed to the reconstituted DRPA by Gov. Wolf, was elected chairman by the board Wednesday. Boyer, one of six Wolf appointees to the bistate board, said Wolf wants "government that works for the people. " The support for pay raises could put Wolf, a Democrat, on a collision course with Gov. Christie, a Republican who has opposed any pay hikes.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday. The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders. Wolf's appointees are: Ryan Boyer of Philadelphia, business manager of the Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia and Vicinity, which represents 5,000 workers on major construction projects.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Route 90 ramp in Pennsauken where an oil tanker burst into flames Monday will remain closed for several days as crews clean up fuel that spilled onto the roadway and into nearby soil, Delaware River Port Authority officials said Tuesday. A light pole and the guardrail will also have to be replaced and the road repaved. The DRPA, which controls the ramp, will ask TK Transport, a Pennsauken-based company that employs the tanker's driver, to pay for the repairs. "I don't expect any resistance," the DRPA's chief executive, John Hanson, said.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writers
Emergency crews were expected to continue working into Tuesday to clean up thousands of gallons of fuel that spilled in Pennsauken from a tanker truck that overturned and exploded into flames Monday morning, authorities said. They said the roadway would be closed as it is cleaned up and inspected for structural damage, and alerted motorists to expect detours. The incident occurred about 11 a.m. on the ramp to Route 130 from Route 90. The tanker spilled 7,800 gallons of fuel, said John Hanson, chief executive officer for the Delaware River Port Authority, which oversees the ramp.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer Dranoff Properties has repaid a $3 million loan, with $1.28 million in interest, on the Victor Lofts luxury apartment building on the Camden waterfront, the Delaware River Port Authority said Monday. The DRPA lent Dranoff the money in 2003 to convert the old Radio Corp. of America "Nipper" Building into 341 apartments. The building was listed for sale last fall, but Carl Dranoff said Monday that his company might keep it. "We're considering our options to retain, refinance, or sell it," he said.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority has filed charges against a part-time toll collector who allegedly stole $3,200 at the Walt Whitman Bridge this month. Earlier, the DRPA had said it was not sure it would prosecute, since the authority was being reimbursed for the missing money by the temp agency that hired the toll collector. Christopher McCoy of Philadelphia was charged with theft and removal of property, a third-degree felony, DRPA counsel Kristen Mayock said Friday. A court hearing has been set for Feb. 5 in Gloucester City Municipal Court.
NEWS
January 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A part-time toll collector at the Walt Whitman Bridge is suspected of stealing $3,200 this month, but he may not be prosecuted. Since the money will be repaid by the agency that hires part-time collectors, officials of the Delaware River Port Authority said they had not decided whether to seek the arrest and prosecution of the Philadelphia man suspected of stealing the money. "It appears a theft of that magnitude has occurred," DRPA chief executive John Hanson said Thursday. "No decision has been made about prosecuting.
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