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May 17, 2007

Bridge Authority Elects Officers at Annual Meeting
Chairman Cites Recent Reforms, Accomplishments


Highland, NY - James P. Sproat of LaGrangeville was elected to another term as Chairman of the New York State Bridge Authority at their annual meeting today.

Sproat, who has served as Chairman since 2004, said he was “honored by my colleagues and looking forward to keeping the Bridge Authority one of the most cost-efficient and well run agencies in the State.”

Sproat noted that the Authority holds the highest bond rating given any public toll-supported transportation entity in the nation, attesting to a well-run and highly effective operation.

“Our recent internal and external independent audits also point out that our finances are in  excellent condition.  The independent auditors found we are in compliance with all laws and accepted accounting practices,” Sproat said.

Sproat also said recent changes will increase the public accountability of the Authority.  “Every executive has completed ethics training and our ongoing audit committee and new governance committee will make sure we take responsibility for the actions of the Authority.  In July, we’ll begin web-casting our meetings under Governor Spitzer’s directive to further ensure our operations are transparent and fully open to the public.”

Sproat added that the professional staff at the Authority has made a real difference.  “Executive Director George Sinnott has served three governors, received state and national recognition as an outstanding administrator and brings a great deal of credibility and wealth of experience to public service.”

“Leadership under Chief Engineer Bill Moreau and our entire technical and operations staff continue to assure that our bridges are considered among the best maintained in the nation,” Sproat said.

Also elected at the Board of Commissioner’s annual meeting were Roderick O. Dressel of New Paltz as Vice-Chairman, Sinnott as Secretary, James J. Bresnan of New Windsor as Assistant Secretary, Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. of Kinderhook as General Counsel and John Sewell of Poughkeepsie as Treasurer.  Commissioners Robert Carter of Poughkeepsie and Walter Paradies of New Paltz will constitute the Audit Committee and Commissioners Dressel and Richard Gerentine of Marlboro will make up the Governance Committee.

Other Commissioners include Thomas Madison, former NYS Dept. of Transportation Commissioner and David A. Teator, Jr. of Chatham, NY.