Port Authority Commissioner’s Resignation Has Nothing to Do With Bridgegate Fallout

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One World Trade Center looms over the north reflecting pool at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies for the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2013 in New York City.
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The Bridgegate scandal has led to far more scrutiny of the Port Authority's activities, and in addition to several probes into the Fort Lee lane closures, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. recently subpoenaed records related to high-profile projects at the agency, including the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. On Monday, Port Authority Commissioner Anthony Sartor resigned, making him the fourth top official at the agency to step down since the scandal broke – though Sartor says in his resignation letter that the "tipping point in motivating me to retire from public service now" was actually his grandson's 13th birthday party. "For one of the first times in my public life, I have allowed my personal and family priorities to prevail," he explains. It's just a coincidence that Sartor is retiring as questions are surfacing about his engineering firm and his role in the WTC project.