NEW HOPE, PA – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today announced the results of its election of officers for the next 12-month period.  Commissioners re-elected former Hackettstown, N.J. mayor Michael B. Lavery as chairman, Philadelphia attorney Wadud Ahmad as vice-chairman, and Mercer County, N.J. resident Yuki Moore Laurenti as secretary-treasurer.

Commissioner Lavery is a partner in the North Jersey law firm Lavery, Selvaggi, Abromitis & Cohen, P.C.  Lavery’s practice is concentrated in local government law, litigation and land-use law. He represents a wide variety of municipalities and government bodies. Lavery served as mayor of Hackettstown from 2005 to 2011. He received his B.A. from the University of New Haven and his law degree from Rutgers University. He resides in Hackettstown.  Lavery has served as chairman since January.

Commissioner Ahmad is a founding partner in the Philadelphia law firm Ahmad Zaffarese LLC, where his practice areas include municipal/corporate finance and commercial litigation. He previously worked as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Ahmad is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law and Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia.  Ahmad has served as vice-chairman since May 2015.

Commissioner Laurenti is the Director of Campaigns and Donor Related Events at Isles, Inc., a nonprofit community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, N.J. Previously, Ms. Laurenti was Senior Vice President in private banking at U.S. Trust Company of New York. She earned her A.B. in economics from Harvard University and resides in Trenton.  Laurenti previously served as secretary-treasurer in 2015 and 2013.

The elections took place at the Commission’s May 23 meeting, effective immediately.

About The Commission

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission was formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in 1934. It operates eight toll bridges and 12 toll-supported bridges, two of which are pedestrian-only spans.  (Note:  The first completed span of the new Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge opened to traffic during overnight hours on July 9, 2019.) The Commission is a self-supporting public-service agency that receives neither federal nor state tax dollars to finance its projects or operations. Funding for the operations, maintenance and upkeep of its bridges and related transportation facilities is solely derived from revenues collected at its toll bridges. The Commission’s jurisdiction extends along the Delaware River from the Philadelphia-Bucks County line north to the New Jersey/New York border. The bridges carried more than 139.2 million cars and trucks in 2018. For more information about the Commission and its various initiatives to deliver safer and more convenient bridge travel for its customers, please see:

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