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Murphy, Cuomo announce Gateway Commission nominees

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By Nikita Biryukov, October 07 2019 10:09 am

Governors in New York and New Jersey announced their appointments to the Gateway Development Commission Monday.

“The commissioners we have chosen today represent a group of talented individuals of the highest integrity and professionalism who will provide meaningful oversight and accountability over this project of national importance,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “I look forward to working with our partners in New York to fully constitute the Board of the Gateway Development Commission so we can advance the important work of ensuring the safe and efficient mobility of our region’s residents and commuters.”

Murphy and Gov. Andrew Cuomo each get three appointments to the seven-member commission.

New Jersey’s governor nominated Janine Bauer, a partner at Szaferman Lakind who previously opened a transportation law practice, and Ballpreet Grewal Virk, Director of Community Engagement in the Department of Population Health at Hackensack Meridian Health.

Grewal Virk is Bergen County’s Democratic vice chairwoman. She has previously been involved with numerous campaigns, including those of U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.

Murphy is also nominating Jerry Zaro, the Chairman of the Gateway Program Development Corporation, to the commission.

Zaro, who is Chair of the Banking and Real Estate Services Department at Sills Cummis & Gross, formerly served as chairman of the New Jersey Highway Authority, commissioner of the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority and as the chief of the Office of Economic Growth.

These nominees must be confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate before taking their seats.

Cuomo nominated New York Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, Thruway Authority Project Director Jamey Barbas and Steven Cohen, a former secretary to the governor

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