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Schumer Wants Congress to Reform Port Authority

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Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on Congress to reform the Port Authority.

Schumer said he wants to use congressional power to amend the embattled agency's compact.

He outlined on Monday a seven-point plan, which centered around the authority appointing its own independent executive director instead of a governor making the appointment.

The senator said he also wants more transparency when it comes to its budget and future financial plans.

"We need to have a serious discussion, of which this address is only a small part, about reining it in, reforming the Port Authority to ensure it once again fulfills its core mission," Schumer said.

Schumer said he wants the Port Authority's board to review the recommendations and then send it back to Congress so they can make them a permanent part of the agency's compact.

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