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Waterfront Commission Compact
|Waterfront Commission Compact|
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The Waterfront Commission Compact is an interstate compact between New Jersey and New York. The compact was created in an effort to eliminate corruption and criminal activity in the Port of New York-New Jersey.
In the early 1950s, the loading docks of the Port of New York-New Jersey were rife with corruption. Foremen gave hiring preferences to laborers who would kick back a portion of their wages, loansharks preyed on the longshoreman by offering usurious loans, and cargo theft ran rampant. Hired guards were either unable or unwilling to stop the corruption. Ultimately, a series of public hearing were conducted, during which the corruption on the waterfront was documented and after which the two states entered into the compact to create.
The compact created the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
Text of the compact