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Red-faced Port Authority officials are calling for an investigation into just how a Howard Beach man was able to swim up to John F. Kennedy International Airport from Jamaica Bay and breach the security perimeter without being noticed last week.
And in a scathing letter to Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, the union representing PA police officers is calling the airport’s perimeter detection system an “expensive piece of junk with no value as a security deterrent” while manned patrols have been slashed outside the airport.
City and Queens officials are roundly panning a federal transportation bill that has Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) praising Ronald Reagan and Bob Turner (R-Queens and Brooklyn) critical of a GOP plan.
The bill could strip $1.7 billion from the state and have a serious impact on city and suburban public transportation.
Unions and advocates for riders and commuters are tearing into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed budget for 2012.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the plan seeks to continue the massive cost-cutting efforts put in place by outgoing MTA Chairman Jay Walder, and anticipates a balanced budget through 2014 without fare hikes next year.