There are more questions about Governor Andrew Cuomo's top appointee at the Port Authority and his actions surrounding the Bridgegate scandal that has engulfed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Patrick Foye was the first person to say that laws had been broken in the case, but it remains unclear why Cuomo says he wasn't immediately notified. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Patrick Foye, Governor Andrew Cuomo's top appointee at the Port Authority, said he did everything right when he wrote an email back in September saying that lane closures at the George Washington Bridge were a violation of federal and state law.
"I took the right action. I took it immediately," Foye said. "I did it because I didn't want someone dying in the back of an ambulance. If I had to do it again, I'd do exactly the same thing on the same time and circumstances."
Foye sent an email to Cuomo's office but didn't report his concerns to law enforcement officials outside the agency.
According to the Port Authority's own guide for ethical standards, "No employee shall commit any act or neglect any duty which in any way is prejudicial to good order, discipline, or efficiency, or reflects unfavorably upon the good name and reputation of the Port Authority, or adversely affects the interests of the Port Authority or those of the general public."
"I believe then and I believe now, and obviously, given the multiplicity of law enforcement investigations underway, there's some serious question, that there was a question of violations of federal and state laws," Foye said. "[It was] my belief then, it's my belief now."
Foye is also an attorney. According to the rules of professional conduct in the state's court system, "A lawyer should maintain high standards of professional conduct and should encourage other lawyers to do likewise...Obedience to law exemplifies respect for law. To lawyers especially, respect for the law should be more than a platitude."
Foye refused to say whether he spoke to the governor about the matter, and referred NY1 to the governor's office. Howard Glaser, the governor's director of state operations, said that he spoke to Foye but did not inform the governor of Foye's concerns.
It's been hard to get a handle on exactly what the governor knew because he has been much less accessible to the press this year than he was in the first two months of last year.