S-2183 Subjects Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
to New York’s Freedom of Information Law
and New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act
Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Amy Handlin subjecting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to each state’s Freedom on Information Law (FOIL) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was signed into law by the Gov. Christie. Handlin’s bill, endorsed by the Governor on Thursday morning, also recognizes the Port Authority a public agency, subjecting it to requests to release government records.
“It is outrageous that a public agency spending nearly $23 million per day has been able to escape basic operational and financial discipline and disclosure,” said Handlin, R — Monmouth. “Inquiries have been stymied for years, frustrating toll-payers and organizations that want to examine how the agency accounts for the funds it spends. The roadblocks and impediments for gaining access to public information are now a step closer to being removed.”
The bill declares the Port Authority is an “agency.” As such, it must comply with New York’s Freedom of Information Law and New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act. Any records subject to public access under the laws of either state must be made available for inspection, copying or examination.