(TRENTON) – Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin to abolish the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor received final legislative approval from the General Assembly on Monday and now heads to the governor’s desk.
The bill (S-3502/A-2179), approved by a vote of 66-0-1, directs the Governor, on behalf of the State of New Jersey, to notify the Congress of the United States, the Governor of the State of New York, and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, of the state’s intention to withdraw from the compact creating the commission, and repealing the compact establishing the commission and related statutes.
The bill would transfer the commission’s functions and duties within the state to the New Jersey State Police. Those duties would include: processing applications filed by individuals and firms required to be registered or licensed to undertake port-related employment; supervising the hiring of longshoremen, checkers, and pier guards in the port; and making employment information available to these dock workers.
The state police would be responsible for screening, registering, and licensing individuals who apply to work at the dock. In doing so, the state police would be authorized to deny or revoke the registration or licenses of those who involve themselves in criminal activity.
“We continue to have a sluggish employment market in the state, and need to take advantage of every opportunity to employ people and create a competitive port district,” said Pintor Marin (D-Essex). “The commission has served its purpose, but now it's time to move on. Abolishing the commission and transferring its responsibilities to the state police can provide the needed supervision without impeding economic prosperity.”
The legislation was also co-sponsored by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, Thomas Giblin and Benjie Wimberly.