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Osten, Conley seek second hearing on port authority

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, are calling on the General Assembly's Transportation Committee to hold a follow-up hearing on the Connecticut Port Authority.

In a letter to committee Co-chairs Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford, and Rep. Roland Lemar, D-New Haven, Osten and Conley said they are seeking current and former authority board chairs’ and employees’ “opinions on what went wrong at the Port Authority and what we as legislators can do to correct or prevent such occurrences in the future.”

Those employees largely did not speak during the first hearing, which was held Aug. 20.

Legislators had requested documents pertaining to the authority’s policies and finances but “we haven’t seen those yet,” Conley said Friday in a news release. She said a second hearing would be a good opportunity to follow up with authority employees and get some information on those documents, as well as answers to any new questions.

“This was never intended to be a one-and-done type hearing. There were too many unanswered questions and too much information that we still need to review if we are going to make the Port Authority work in the manner that we all intended it to when the legislature created it five years ago,” Osten said in the release.

Legislators also are awaiting state auditors’ report on the authority, which Osten said should be released next month.

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