NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jersey City’s mayor plans to sue the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $400 million to compensate for what he claims the agency has underpaid in property taxes and other payments spanning several decades.
In a statement released Tuesday that was accompanied by a 26-page presentation featuring colored graphs and pie charts, Mayor Steven Fulop accused the Port Authority of using outdated or nonexistent agreements to avoid paying millions of dollars per year on properties it owns in the city. Fulop said he has attempted to speak or meet with Port Authority officials about his concerns but has been rebuffed.
“For years, in fact decades, the Port Authority has been derelict as a property owner in Jersey City,” Fulop wrote. “If this was any other property owner, legal action would have been taken much sooner. But because of the political influence of the Port Authority, Jersey City taxpayers have suffered. We intend to right this wrong.”