Bradshaw out as Ports Authority executive director

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Submitted: Tue, 01/29/2013 - 1:48pm
Updated: Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:26am

By Adam Wagner

WILMINGTON, NC ( — Tom Bradshaw is out as executive director of the NC State Ports Authority, an official confirmed on Monday.

Ports authority spokeswoman Laura Blair said Bradshaw no longer works for the NC Department of Transportation, but provided no other information.

Department of Transportation representatives could not be reached for comment on Monday.

“This is a change in the administration. This is a transition,” Bradshaw said. “You’ve gotta remember. If you go back, I told the governor and the secretary I would give them a year. I came on Jan. 23 and left on Jan. 25.”

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    you disappoint me. Nowhere in the post did I refer to a single year as the basis on which a retirement benefit is based. I never mentioned that at all.

    I merely noted by resigning from the Legislature and accepting this higher paying position, he was boosting the basis on which his pension would be calculated.

    Et Tu, Vog? You’re putting words in my mouth which I did not use.

    Disappointed in you VOG.

    With the legislature in session, there are far more important issues to address.

  • Vog46 says:

    The thought that any Governor could fill 1000 slots is reprehensible to me given the nature of the retirement beast, and the helthcare benny provided.
    During the debates Dalton said he would only use 300 slots – hell I hit the roof on that. Now I find out McCrory can place 1000 people in positions.
    As I said, I hope he doesn’t do it not because I dislike his party affiliation – it’s because it’s too damned expensive for the state.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    many positions to fill. Like the one I got jumped on for my comment the other day. WE all know the appointee’s husband being the Wake County State Senator had no bearing on her securing the $120,000 position.

  • Vog46 says:

    I never saw the post I wrote about unemployment being put on a blog here.
    Apparently NC is NOT paying back the Federal Extended benefits – they are not required to be paid back.
    They are paying back the STATES unemployment fund which is now underfunded due to the poor economic performance of Bev’s administration. (not all her fault either)
    This is a quote from Harry Payne himself on the SNO blog (he responded to me)

    “There is a pre-existing debt caused by the state borrowing to pay state benefits (the first 26 weeks, not any of the EUC Federal benefits) because of the depletion of the state trust fund. The extended federal benefits (beyond 26 weeks) are paid entirely by the federal government. The extension this year just approved by the Congress does not add to the state debt at all and those roughly 600 million dollars in aid to NC families and to Nc businesses who struggle does not affect our obligation at all.
    No, it does not add to our debt of the state’s business obligation at. Hard to explain a 70 page bill in 650 words. sorry”

    Or did I miss something?

  • Vog46 says:

    Like the ignoring of McCrory’s 1000 state positions he can fill (Just like this one at the the DOT) DOUBLE the size of Bevs and all other previous governors?
    Thats the REAL issue here NOT just one person retirement.
    Of course this legislative session is important with FAR more important things to address besides 1000 potential state retirees with paid BCBS in retirement authorized by our illustrious State House.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    he knew he stood little chance for re-election to the legislature. He knew if defeated his pension would be based solely on his earnings from past service in the legislature.

    Nice way to boost the earnigs base for use in calculating the mentioned state pension is to score a high paying position like this from the Governor before she left office.

    He got his year in knowing a Republican Governor would encourage him to depart.

  • Vog46 says:

    State retirement is based upon your highest 3 year average earnings not your highest years earnings. While he probably did boost his retirement some McCrory’s 1000 appointees (double what Bev and all other previous Governor’s had) will do far more harm to state finances than ANY other Democratic governor has done.
    Call it like it is Tom, not as how you perceive it.


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