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No. 4: Jerry Zaro

Law Power 50

Gateway Program Development Corp. chairman; chair of 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 108-year-old Portal Bridge in New Jersey.

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.

More than 200,000 people travel through the tunnels and across the bridge each day.

Zaro is pleading for federal funding. 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.

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