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No. 10: Jerry Zaro

Law Power 50

Zaro is a trustee and former chairman of the Gateway Program Development Corp. and he chairs the Banking and Real Estate Services Department at Sills Cummis & Gross PC. Zaro is routinely making the case to replace the 108-year-old Hudson River rail tunnels that connect New Jersey and New York City and the 110-year-old Portal Bridge in New Jersey.

Jerry Zaro

The Portal Bridge spans the Hackensack River between Secaucus and Kearny, and opens to allow ships to pass on the river. The bridge regularly becomes stuck, which halts trains from Boston to Washington, D.C.

Zaro is pleading for federal funding. More than 200,000 people travel through the tunnels and across the bridge each day. Zaro and other supporters of the Gateway project note that 20 percent of the American economy depends on the Hudson River tunnels carrying trains between Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.

As the state economy recovers from the COVID-19 downturn, this massive, shovel-ready infrastructure project could provide a needed boost. Zaro and Tony Coscia will be on the spot in trying to deliver the goods.

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