- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Legislation to make the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey subject to open records laws has passed the New York state Senate.

The Senate endorsed the bill on a 61-0 vote Monday. It now heads to the Assembly, where similar legislation already has been introduced.

Supporters say there’s no good reason why the agency isn’t held to the same standards as other government bodies.

Related legislation that would have increased accountability of the often-troubled agency passed the legislatures of both New York and New Jersey last year but was vetoed by both states’ governors.

That measure would have required regular audits and created a new inspector general. Lawmakers say they will push the bill again this year.

The authority operates bridges, tunnels and airports in both states.

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