NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hire a consultant to conduct a security review.

The agency operates the major airports in the New York metropolitan area, along with four bridges, two tunnels, the PATH rail system and shipping ports.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports Port Authority Chairman David Samson said the audit was not in response to concerns raised by the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.

The PBA has criticized security at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan and at the Kennedy airport monorail.

Eighty-four Port Authority employees died in the attack on the World Trade Center. United Flight 93 left Newark Liberty International Airport before it was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Comments (4)
  1. Makes NO Sence says:

    Their own police dept. are pointing out their weakness and these clowns still want to spend money on a private security consulting firm, makes you wonder who’s relative will be related to one of the PA commissioners.

  2. Wolf says:

    Get rid of all the homeless people that hang out in our city’s transit stations and crime will drop and the police can spend there time to focus on security. Such a shame travellers come to our city and they are greeted by some stinky homeless person asking for money.

  3. frank frazer says:

    The port authority needs to settle labor contracts first,most contracts expired in 2006.

  4. KPMc says:

    You need an outside agency to review your security? What the heck do we pay management for? How much are they making? Don’t we hire people that are already experts in their field or is it another affirmative action, lets give the jobs to the unemployable no matter how incompetent they are situations?

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