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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
July 31, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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June 9, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A stroke of Gov. Christie's pen ended hopes that more than 400 Delaware River Port Authority workers would soon resolve a long-simmering contract dispute. On Monday, Christie vetoed an agreement on economic terms that would have framed a contract resolution for 426 workers from three unions. "We were kind of shocked, quite frankly," said Howard Wells, president of Teamsters Local 676, which represents more than 200 of the workers waiting for a new contract. DRPA management communicated with the governor's office throughout the negotiation process and was hopeful that the terms would be acceptable to Trenton.
NEWS
May 20, 2016
The Delaware River Port Authority approved a long-planned raise for its chief executive officer Wednesday night. The board voted unanimously to raise John Hanson's salary from $180,081 to $219,474. This brings Hanson's pay in line with what his predecessor, John Matheussen, earned. Hanson took over the CEO job in 2014. That contract is subject to a veto from Gov. The pay increase was initially proposed in January but was delayed for procedural reasons. Also, it drew concern from union officials because the DRPA is in the midst of working to conclude a labor agreement with 580 employees.
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April 22, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER jlaughlin@phillynews.com 215-854-4587 @jasmlaughlin
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
NEWS
April 22, 2016
REMEMBER Whitney White ? Probably not. Allow us to refresh your memory. White is the former Delaware River Port Authority commissioner who resigned last summer after a Daily News story delved into his bankruptcies, a so-called think tank in Northern Liberties and a network of failed corporations that had sought government contracts. Nice enough guy, White seemed, but probably not a person you want overseeing a debt-ridden public agency with a $290 million budget and a history of cronyism.
NEWS
March 28, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC SERVANTS Eakin's example scares one straight My father always said, "Whatever you do, stay out of the courts and hospitals. " I once figured he meant not to get sick or in trouble. The older I get, the more I realize the second part meant not to deal with lawyers or judges. The Inquirer's reporting on former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin certainly confirms that. I am glad he resigned; I am sorry he faces a limited financial penalty ("Eakin to Keep Pension, Pay Fine," Friday)
BUSINESS
February 20, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A solid résumé and the appreciation of your customers don't guarantee job security, especially when you work for an agency where governors of two states get a say in who stays and who goes. As the guy who oversaw 19,000 people crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge by train each day, Bennett Cornelius got high marks from his customers: the riders. "Extremely knowledgeable of anything having to do with any railroads," said Larry Davis, a member of the Delaware River Port Authority's citizens advisory committee who maintains the Twitter feed @PatcoWatchers.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority's chairman has assured staff members who have waited years for new contracts that relief is on the way. Ryan Boyer said during Wednesday's DRPA board meeting that he was "cautiously optimistic" that the contracts could be ready for the board to sign within the next month. About 580 unionized employees have been working without contracts for four years. At the DRPA board's January meeting, the authority's chief executive, John Hanson, was slated to receive a $39,474 pay increase, to bring his salary to the level of his predecessor's.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
An effort to give the Delaware River Port Authority's chief executive a five-figure raise hit a speed bump Wednesday because of a procedural mix-up. Still, the proposal sparked anger that the authority's board tried to give CEO John Hanson a $39,474 pay increase while 66 percent of the authority's personnel have gone without a raise for four years. "I'm here to make sure it's a front-burner issue and it stays a front-burner issue with you," said Bill Hosey of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 351, which represents about 20 information-services workers.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A discount for E-ZPass customers who regularly cross Delaware River Port Authority bridges is beginning next month, giving an $18 break to regular commuters. The DRPA will begin a rollout program that will include news releases and emails to let drivers know about the discount, which returns $18 each month into the E-ZPass accounts of anyone who crosses the bridges 18 times in a month. The discount will apply only to drivers who have E-ZPass accounts through New Jersey, officials said, and won't be automatic.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Policing for DRPA officer Kenya Joyner is about problem solving. Growing up, he regularly saw his father, retired Camden cop George Joyner, resolve situations without using cuffs or gun. "If you're somebody who enjoys helping others, this job puts you on the front line to do that," Joyner, 43, of Wilmington, said. That's all Joyner was trying to do, he said, when he was caught on video over the weekend buying shoes for a man without any. The video taken by Kayla Palmer, of Pine Hill, received 16,754 likes on Facebook by Monday night, and has been a social media hit. It also drew praise from the Delaware River Port Authority brass.
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