Skip to comments.Corbett’s DRPA: Same Old Story
Posted on 03/05/2011 7:14:27 AM PST by grace522
A changing of the guard occurred this week at the scandal-plagued Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), as Governor Corbett appointed himself the new chairman, and replaced five board commissioners.
The law-and-order Corbett has pledged to clean up the authority through openness and transparency, vowing to oversee an entity free of the conflicts that plagued the prior board. But his appointments all political insiders have left many wondering if anything has really changed.
As chairman, the Governor sets the DRPA agenda, and he deserves the benefit of the doubt that he will live up to his promises. That said, a look at the new commissioners reveals that none are known as reformers or good-government advocates, and, in fact, raises new questions, such as whether the companies of board members will be eligible to receive DRPA contracts.
Cumulatively, the backgrounds of the six new board commissioners feature four lawyers (including one who works for the same firm as Montgomery County GOP Chairman Bob Kerns and State Senate Transportation Chairman John Rafferty), a real estate executive, a former union vice president, an official from the scandal-plagued Street Administration, large-dollar campaign donors to Corbett, a prominent GOP fundraiser, and former officials of a number of Philadelphias not-so-respected entities: the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Seaport Museum (which played a major role in the corruption trial of convicted ex-senator Vince Fumo).
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I disagree. We in Pa have been fighting to get a Castle Law passed, and he has indicated that he will sign it when it hits his desk.
Chris Friend is willing to wait to see what actually happens. Apparently, you are not.
I’ve already seen Corbett in action. Last decision was a multi-million dollar bailout of the defunct Philly Navy Shipyard. Has failed to nominate a replacement for the Philadelphia Sherrif despite the theft that is currently ubderway. Rewards his political contributors with jobs.......a phoney.