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Democratic senators want O’Toole to stay at Port Authority

Lagana, Gopal seek retention of ex-Republican senator

By David Wildstein, July 30 2019 3:35 pm

Two Democratic State Senators today called on Gov. Phil Murphy to keep Kevin O’Toole in place as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

“He’s been a great a great leader of the Port Authority,” said State Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus), who cited O’Toole’s commitment to the construction of a new bus terminal.  “He’s doing a tremendous job.  He’s perfect for that job.”

State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) said that O’Toole has been an excellent chairman.

“His leadership at the Port Authority has been strong, but more importantly, as a former state senator, he understands how important constituent services are and we couldn’t ask for a better partner,” Gopal said.  “When we call, we always get a response, following up with constant communication and this is really important in government.”

Several key Democrats, including Senate President Steve Sweeney and State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City), have made the retention of O’Toole a non-negotiable point as Gov. Phil Murphy seeks to fill three vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners.

Amy Rosen, Murphy’s only Port Authority nomination so far, has been waiting fourteen months for the New Jersey Senate to confirm her.

“New Jersey is lucky to have him there,” Lagana said of O’Toole.  “I support him one thousand and one percent.”

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