Governor mum after meeting with senators about HOVENSA
Published: September 4, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Although Gov. John deJongh Jr. met with senators for several hours on Tuesday about HOVENSA, Government House stayed mum on the matter.
Government House had indicated early on Tuesday that deJongh would have a telephone press conference after the meeting - but it never materialized.
Nor would Government House respond to any questions about the meeting.
Instead, it released a short statement Tuesday night saying the press conference had been "postponed," without giving a time when it might occur.
"The only comment we will make tonight is that the governor and the members of the Senate met for several hours today. There was a full airing of the lawmakers concerns as was detailed in Senator Malone's letter of last week," the statement said. "The governor and the senators share a common concern over the territory's economic climate and as such he is committed to a continuing dialogue with the members of the 30th Legislature on this issue."
It was not clear which senators were at the meeting.
It also was not clear what the results of the meeting were, or whether senators and the governor are planning to meet again on the matter.
Tuesday's meeting came after senators rejected the proposed Fourth Amendment Agreement between the government and HOVENSA on Aug. 7.
Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone wrote deJongh a four-page letter last week summarizing concerns senators have about the proposed agreement.
Malone did not return a phone call to The Daily News on Tuesday.