NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A new explanation has been offered in the controversy over a vote - by the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - that raised conflict-of-interest questions.
Port Authority board meeting minutes from February 2012 reflect chairman David Samson voting to approve a favorable lease extension for a New Jersey Transit park-and-ride lot. Samson's law firm represented NJ Transit.
This week, a Port Authority lawyer sent a letter to Samson saying a review showed Samson meant to recuse himself from the vote but that a clerical error misreported his vote.
Now, The Record newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1bRTCnU ) the Port Authority says the vote was actually taken by an operations committee because not enough board members were present. Meeting minutes appear to show enough board members, including Samson, voted on the deal.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com
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