The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey held Wednesday its first public board meeting since the Bridgegate scandal exploded in the headlines and damaged New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and while Governor Andrew Cuomo's top appointee to the agency claims that a crime was committed, questions remain over what exactly he told the governor and when. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
At the Port Authority's first monthly board meeting since the scandal broke, a close ally and appointee of Governor Chris Christie apologized to the public over the Bridgegate scandal.
"On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we are deeply sorry for inconvenience caused to our travelers," said Port Authority Chairman David Samson.
Samson would not take questions about the lane closures that occurred on the Fort Lee, N.J. side of the bridge back in September. The closures appear to be political payback against the Fort Lee mayor, and several New Jersey officials close to Christie have since lost their jobs as a result.
On September 13, just days after the lane closures were ordered, Patrick Foye, Cuomo's appointee, wrote a scathing email, saying, "I believe this hasty and ill-advised decision violates federal law and the laws of both states."
Earlier this month, NY1 asked Governor Andrew Cuomo if Foye notified the authorities after claiming a crime had been committed.
"I don't know, Zack. You'd have to ask him," Cuomo said at the time.
So NY1 did.
Fink: Pat, you were the first one to identify what happened at the bridge as a crime, perhaps federal and of both states. Did you report that to authorities, and do you feel under the circumstances you should have?
Foye: Look, my email, I stated my belief, which was my belief then. I testified under oath in Trenton to that effect. I believe I took the right action when I learned about the lane closures, promptly opened them. I stand by my email and that decision.
Last week, Cuomo said that Foye never told him about the lane closures, and that he first learned of them from news reports.
"We know Mr. Foye learned about it and sent out an email. Right? We know that," Cuomo said. "So he sent out an email saying this happened and I didn't know about it. So we know from that email that it happened and he didn't know about it."
In a separate development, the Port Authority board approved its capital plan, which includes funding for overhauling the central terminal at LaGuardia Airport, a plan first outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address.