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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Transportation Committee Co-Chairs Release Statement Following Release of CT Port Authority Audit

HARTFORD, CT – Today, Transportation Committee Co-Chairs state Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) and state Representative Roland Lemar (D-New Haven) released the following statement in response to a recent audit of the Connecticut Port Authority.

“After carefully reviewing the findings in this report, I remain committed to finding solutions to ensure the Connecticut Port Authority serves its purpose,” said Sen. Leone. “As co-chair of the Transpiration Committee, I am confident in our ability to address this issue.”

“The first of three ongoing audits of the CT Port Authority is complete and the full legislature is now better able to recognize the extent of errors and improprieties that took place within its operations,” said Rep. Lemar. “We are committed to addressing the serious concerns we see in the current structure and will be working with all four legislative caucuses and the Governor’s Office to ensure the Port Authority fully meets its obligations to the citizens of our State, while achieving the economic and environmental benefits that were originally envisioned.”

The report follows a Transportation Committee informational hearing on August 20, 2019 led by Sen. Leone and Rep. Lemar to review transitions at the Connecticut Port Authority and how the state’s Port Authority will move forward. The informational forum came after the Connecticut Port Authority’s Executive Director was placed on administrative leave and the Chair of the Board resigned.

The Chair of the Board stepped down after media reports they paid their daughter $3,000 in agency funding to purchase professional photographs and have them hung in the Port Authority’s Old Saybrook office. The Executive Director was placed on administrative leave for comments made to the press that were “unbecoming of a public sector leader,” according to Acting Connecticut Port Authority Chair David Koorls. The state’s Port Authority was established five years ago by the legislature in order to best position the state to make good on economic development opportunities at the state’s ports.

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