Twenty-four New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents were named Monday to a new citizens' committee to advise the Delaware River Port Authority.

The advisory committee members will not have a vote on the DRPA board but will be asked for suggestions and reactions to issues involving the DRPA's four toll bridges and its PATCO commuter rail line.

"These men and women will serve as the board's eyes and ears in the communities that we serve, and we appreciate their willingness to play this vital role," said DRPA board member and Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner, who requested the creation of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

The panel was among the changes pushed last year by Wagner and other board members to make DRPA management more transparent and accountable.

The DRPA board selected the committee members last week.

Selected from 122 applicants, the committee members are:

New Jersey: Barry Beck, Turnersville; John Boyle, Edgewater Park; Anthony DeSantis, Collingswood; Patricia Ettore, Sewell; Stephen Grady, Washington Township; Jonathan Latko, Camden; Sean Leonard, Haddonfield; Carole Owens, Collingswood; Chrisandra Parker, Sicklerville; Kirtkumar Patel, Marlton; Julie Richburg, Camden; and Fredrick Winkler, Clarksboro.

Pennsylvania: Joanne Bernier, Media; Jennifer Funderburg, Philadelphia; Sean Garry, Philadelphia; Francis Graff, Philadelphia; Ryan Linhart, Philadelphia; Behari Mehta, Plymouth Meeting; Thomas O'Donnell, Philadelphia; Marcella Ridenour, Gwynedd; Michael Rochester, Philadelphia; Julie Still, Glenside; Fred Stuart, Philadelphia; and Tyrone Wesley, Philadelphia.

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