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Governor, MWAA's Martire Reach Settlement

MWAA board member will no longer battle spending ouster and will resign instead.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have reached a settlement with Dennis Martire, the former MWAA Board Member who was was fighting his removal from the group for questionable spending.

“Today, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and former board member Dennis Martire reached agreement on the terms of a settlement that put to an end the months of unnecessary and costly litigation between the parties regarding my decision to remove Martire for cause as a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority," McDonnell said in a statement.

"The full MWAA board considered and approved the terms of the confidential settlement."

McDonnell said Martire has resigned effective Oct. 17, and a replacement will be named after the October board meeting.

Martire, a Democratic appointee to the 13-member board, says his removal from the group that is charged with constructing Metrorail's Silver Line is politically motivated.

McDonnell (R) has argued that Martire damaged his credibility with questionable expenses, including spending nearly $9,200 to travel business class to Europe.

Martire, an official with the Laborers’ International Union of North America, was appointed to the board by the previous governor, Tim Kaine (D).

Martire has clashed with McDonnell over several issues, including a labor-friendly provision as part of the Phase 2 of the Silver Line.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that fighting over the ouster cost MWAA more than $75,000.

“I am pleased that all parties agreed to immediately stop the litigation and pursue dismissal of Martire’s lawsuit and MWAA’s action, both with prejudice, McDonnell said.  "We are happy to put this unnecessary and expensive distraction behind us and look forward to continuing to improve the accountability of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "

To read more on the Martire issue, click here.

To read about MWAA's recent ethics changes, click here.

 

Jonathan Erickson September 20, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Just to be sure we are all on the absurb page Reiley got hired in February, 2012 and will quit in October, 2012 she will receive 180,000 severance plus heath care, sorry it's more of the same by the MWAA this by Potter he should go also!
Dave Webster September 20, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The confidential settlement may or may not contain a cash award to Martire. We don't know and won't know apparently.
joe brewer October 01, 2012 at 11:53 AM
If the Mwaa spent 75k to defend this creep add how much the state spent to get rid of him and give him a attorney fees bill. Was Martire Sr. or Jr. that had to pay the union $400 dollars because of inappropiate travel expenses?
Just the Facts October 01, 2012 at 01:47 PM
You all do know the MWAA Board does not get paid so I seriously doubt they paid anyone to go away. But again, the Board did not do the Mame Reiley deal that cost the Authority in wages and benefits over $300,000 dollars. This was done by the CEO and the elected Va officials, not by the MWAA Board. Facts matter and maybe the problem is with the CEO and staff. Also the 220 million of no bid contracts was also done by the CEO and staff. MWAA Board is just a red herring to distract from the real issues and its MWAA CEO that is the problem.
Bob Bruhns October 01, 2012 at 01:57 PM
These and other very questionable MWAA practices appear to have added up to several million dollars of inappropriate fund allocations. Not good!!! But don't let that blind you to the multi-Billion dollar inappropriate fund allocations that appear to be present in Dulles Rail Phase I and Phase II. Our leaders and media talk about a million or two; why do they not SCREAM about several Billion dollars of mysterious waste? Phase II of the Silver Line costs nearly two times what it should have cost, and Phase I was overpriced almost as much. We are talking about Billions of dollars of waste, resulting in huge toll hikes and tax increases that will last for generations. Taxpayers should have paid attention to the near-double prices of Dulles Rail construction, because those costs are headed home to roost. http://www.bruhns.us/civic/DullesRail/Dulles-Rail---Silver-Line-overcost-report---Bruhns.pdf Worse yet, WMATA will soon be looking for funding for $13.5 billion in unfunded maintenance and capital needs. We are facing a genuine disaster here.

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