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The Latest: Tunnel agency could alter disputed decorations

December 13, 2018

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over holiday decorations at the Holland Tunnel into New York (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The authority that operates a tunnel into New York where holiday decorations are causing controversy could end up changing them.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey heard from a New York man Thursday who says two wreaths and a decoration in the shape of a Christmas tree are a distraction.

Cory Windelspecht also says it’s possible the configuration could trigger people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. More than 2,000 people signed an online petition urging the authority to move the tree from a spot covering the letter “N″ in “Holland” to over the letter “A.”

Port Authority officials said Thursday thousands have responded to a poll on the decorations. Executive Director Rick Cotton didn’t give details since the poll is continuing. But he said that, based on results so far, “change is in the air.”

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6:40 a.m.

Holiday decorations that have been displayed for decades at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel into New York are not making the season bright for some motorists.

They’ve complained that two circular wreaths and another in the shape of a Christmas tree, symmetrically aligned above the tunnel’s lanes, don’t look right.

The circular wreaths cover the tunnel signs “O″ and “U″ and the tree-shaped wreath covers the “N″ in “Holland.” However, an online petition suggests placing the tree over the letter “A.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel, announced Wednesday it is conducting its own poll. Participants have until Sunday to select one of four options.

More than 1 million vehicles pass through the tunnel monthly.

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