Former CT Port Authority Staffers Testify Before Panel

December 04, 2019 - 4:12 pm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Former staff of the Connecticut Port Authority described to lawmakers a variety of challenges they faced setting up the new entity, created by the General Assembly in 2014.

Scott Bates, the authority's former board chairman, says the volunteer board had a "daunting mission" of starting a new quasi-public agency "from scratch" with $400,000 and two Department of Transportation employees on temporary loan.

The legislature's Transportation Committee is holding its second public forum about the port authority's operations after an audit revealed various issues, including a lack of statutorily required policies such as procedures for using surplus funds.

A new management team is now in place.  

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