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Audit details gross mismanagement at Connecticut Port Authority

PortandTerminal.com, November 12, 2019

Connecticut lawmakers will hold a second informational forum about the state Port Authority following the release of an audit that’s raised additional concerns about the port’s operations

HARTFORD, CT – Following calls from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, the co-chairs of the Transportation Committee have scheduled a second hearing on the Connecticut Port Authority.

Connecticut lawmakers will hold the second informational forum about the state Port Authority following the release of an audit that’s raised additional concerns about the port’s operations.

The audit says the Port Authority didn’t adopt required policies and procedures, weren’t able to effectively keep track of money, had an incomplete employee manual, a bad records management system, and overspent on travel, meals, entertainment and legal fees. 

“The report is incredibly alarming and illustrates the improper manner in which the Connecticut Port Authority was operating” 

Sen. Carlo Leone, Transportation Committee co-chair

Bonnie Reemsnyder, chair of the Connecticut Port Authority’s board, resigned following news reports about the authority’s expenditure of $3,250 to purchase photographic office art from her daughter through a decorator. Scott Bates, who approved the purchase of the art and also serves as Deputy Secretary of the State, also resigned his seat on the board. The $3,250 was refunded and the artwork was returned to the artist, according to Thursday’s audit.

At a previous hearing, auditors noted how the authority operated for a period without accounting records detailing bank transactions.

Democratic Senator Carlo Leone of Stamford called it “incredibly alarming.”

The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee will hold the Dec. 4 meeting at the Legislative Office Building.

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