Lamont seeks independent audit of port authority finances

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont is calling for an independent audit of the Connecticut Port Authority’s finances and management practices. He’s also seeking recommendations to make the organization more accountable.

The Democrat on Friday said Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw will play an active role in the authority’s financial decision-making. McCaw will be involved until the independent audit and management review are completed.

Last month, Lamont called for the resignation of the authority’s new board chair after the agency paid her daughter $3,000 for office art. There have also been issues about hiring practices and staffing decisions at the quasi-public agency, which markets the state’s ports.

Lamont says he also accepted the resignation of board member and former chair Scott Bates, who he praised for his lengthy service.

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