An email from Ken Zapinski senior VP of transportation and infrastructre at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development with permission:
As scary as it might seem to you (or me), I consider you an opinion leader with that crucial young creative class cohort that we seek, so I thought you might be interested in the statement below that the Allegheny Conference issued today in response to the Onorato/Port Authority announcement.
It’s no scare tactic, and Onorato said that several times at the press conference (which I attended.) No matter what the state does, the Port Authority needs to take drastic steps to improve its efficiency, and today’s announcement was the first step in that process. Everyone who has taken a serious look at the port authority’s performance and financial trends has come to essentially the same conclusion — if bold steps are not taken now, there won’t be a port authority to worry about in a few years.
The statement from the conference is quite lengthy, so I’ll not post it here; however, you can download the entire statement here (scroll down).
After you’ve all quit laughing that anyone in this city considers me “an opinion leader”, and you’re ready to comment, I ask that you comment with some semblance of maturity because I’d like to think my readers can make their opinions known without resorting to “My God, how much do YOU suck?!” type of statements.
That said, let Ken know how you feel and maybe you’ll get a response to your questions. Particulary that question about why are we digging a tunnel under the river for $435 million? The mind boggles.