Audit Points to Flaws in Reforms at Port Authority

The chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority says audits show continuing problems at the agency that operates four bridges connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia area.

Chairman David Simon says there have been selective pay raises for employees, improper use of contracted law firms and misuse of economic development money, among other problems.

Other officials at the agency objected Wednesday when Simon made public details of the internal audits, saying they are not complete and have not been reviewed by board members.

But Simon says the findings by inspector general Thomas Raftery "cannot be ignored."

The authority in recent years has stopped doing non-transportation economic development work.

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