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Murphy Administration Totally Drops the Ball on Snow Emergency

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Ridgewood NJ, the intensity of yesterdays storm seemed to catch officials by surprise .  Both New Jersey and New York officials seemed totally unprepared .

As New Jersey found itself  barraged with snow on the roads, causing massive delays, angry commuters have been making their feelings towards the state’s storm response known on Facebook and Twitter, responding to Governor Murphy’s updates on his public pages.

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PORT AUTHORITY TO HOLD ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE SERVICE ON SEPTEMBER 11

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Fort lee NJ, The Port Authority will mark September 11th by flying the world’s largest free-flying flag at the George Washington Bridge .

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Port Authority eyeing harness-equipped suicide prevention units on George Washington Bridge

GWB

At least one Emergency Service Unit tandem — two cops equipped with harnesses — would be permanently stationed on the George Washington Bridge to more quickly respond to people trying to jump from the iconic span, according to a proposal under consideration.

The Port Authority Police Department’s top cop said Monday that the plan would be discussed Tuesday — among other options — to address safety concerns raised by union officials and officers assigned to the agency’s suicide prevention team.

“The safety of our officers is the most important thing,” said Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko. “I want to give them all the support they need.”

The Daily News reported Sunday that members of the Port Authority Police Department’s Suicide Prevention Walkway Patrol-Suicide Prevention Team saved 70 people from jumping from the George Washington Bridge last year.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/port-authority-eyeing-harness-equipped-cops-gwb-article-1.2977743

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Police: New Jersey man owes more than $56,000 in tolls, fees

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Published January 21, 2017
Associated Press

TEANECK, N.J. –  Transit police say they’ve arrested a New Jersey man who avoided paying tolls nearly 900 times and owes more than $56,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say an officer stopped Alesandel Rodriguez’s car Friday morning after it failed to post a payment in an EZ-Pass lane on the George Washington Bridge.

Authorities say the car was missing front and rear license plates, and a temporary New York tag inside the vehicle had expired.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/21/police-new-jersey-man-owes-more-than-56000-in-tolls-fees.html

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10 charged in protest that shut down George Washington Bridge

By Craig McCarthy | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 26, 2016 at 4:36 PM, updated October 26, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Police charged 10 people Wednesday in a protest on the George Washington Bridge that closed lanes and caused extensive delays during morning rush hour.

One of the protesters was a New Jersey resident, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo. The eight were from New York and one was from California.

The immigrants’ rights demonstration stopped upper-level traffic completely for about 15 minutes before police arrested the protesters, who chained themselves to the bridge, blocking three lanes.

The demonstration caused up to 90-minute delays for drivers heading into the New York City. All lanes were reopened by 8:50 a.m.

The following people were charged in New York with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass:

Christina Fox, 27 , Oceanside, Calif
Felix Cepeda, 35,  Bronx, N.Y.
Diego Ibanez, 27, Brooklyn, NY
Karl Kumodz, 25, Brooklyn NY
Elana Gold-24, Brooklyn, NY
Claudia Palacios, 27, Brooklyn, NY
Jeremy Weissman, 22, Jericho, NY
Virgilio Aran, 38, East Orange, NJ
Juan Romero, 25, Queens, NY
Marco Abendano, 31, Bronx, NY

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2016/10/10_charged_following_gwb_protest_that_snarled_morn.html#incart_2box_nj-homepage-featured

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NJ woman survives jump off George Washington Bridge

GWB

FEBRUARY 3, 2016, 9:11 AM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2016, 9:12 AM
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF AND STEFANIE DAZIO
STAFF WRITERS |
THE RECORD

A 25-year-old Somerset County woman who survived a jump off the George Washington Bridge Wednesday evening was rescued in the Hudson River by a Rutherford volunteer firefighter with his personal boat.

A witness saw the woman, whose name was not released, jump off the bridge around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said. Her car was found on Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan.

She was conscious when she arrived at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Pentangelo said. The boat’s name is the Michael P. Murphy, he said.

Scott Koen, 58, said he happened to be on the river helping a volunteer group search for the body of a Rockland County man who recently jumped from the bridge when a member of his crew saw the woman fall into the river.

Koen said he jumped into the water to tie a rope around her so that she could be hauled aboard his boat, a 46-foot buoy tender. She had told him that she was unable to climb a ladder onto the boat.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-woman-survives-jump-off-george-washington-bridge-1.1504858

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George Washington Bridge Closing Lower Level to Accommodate Road Work All Next Week

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TRAVEL ADVISORY – GWB LOWER-LEVEL LANES TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK, IN ALTERNATING DIRECTIONS, TO ACCOMMODATE ONGOING WORKDate: Oct 23, 2015

The Port Authority announced today that the George Washington Bridge’s lower-level lanes will close in alternating directions during nighttime hours next week to accommodate ongoing construction work.

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Next week’s lower-level closures are currently scheduled as follows:

On Monday night, October 26, the lower level eastbound lanes to New York will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Tuesday night, October 27, the lower level westbound lanes to New Jersey will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Wednesday night, October 28, the lower level westbound lanes to New Jersey will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Thursday night, October 29, the lower level westbound lanes to New Jersey will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Friday night, October 30, the lower level westbound lanes to New Jersey  will close from 11  p.m. to 8 a.m.

Similar weeknight closures, alternating between the lower-level eastbound and westbound lanes, will continue through mid-November. The Port Authority will provide weekly advisories about the closures.

The closures will allow for the removal of temporary construction platforms used for the upper-level deck installation.  The Port Authority will alert the public through its own and its regional partners’ highway variable message signs, with messages directing drivers to use the upper level in the affected direction.