Growing the Region - News from The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Vol. 6, No. 5, October 25, 2011

GWB, Bayonne
Mark 80th Anniversaries

Eighty years ago, in October and November 1931, the Port of New York Authority, as it was then known, opened two of the most iconic bridges in the nation – the George Washington Bridge and the Bayonne Bridge.

As we mark the 80th anniversaries of these two gems, you can visit the Port Authority's Web site to view more information on the storied history of these bridges. The GWB opened on Oct. 25, 1931. This was followed by the opening of the Bayonne Bridge on Nov. 15, 1931.

PA Shines Pink Light
On Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of October, the 156 LED necklace lights of the George Washington Bridge are shining pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, One World Trade Center Tower and the exterior of the control towers at JFK and Stewart airports have a pink hue.

Public Meetings
The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15. Visit to view minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings and to view schedules for future meetings. Webcasts from the Oct. 20 Board and committee meetings are also available online.

Patrick Foye Confirmed As PA Executive Director
At its Oct. 20 public meeting, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners confirmed Patrick J. Foye, Governor Andrew Cuomo's recommendation, to be the Executive Director of the bistate agency. Mr. Foye will work closely with Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, who was named to his post by Governor Chris Christie in March 2010.

Mr. Foye, who currently serves as Gov. Cuomo's Deputy Secretary of Economic Development, will replace Executive Director Christopher Ward, who will leave the post at the end of this month. Mr. Ward will continue to serve as an advisor to the Port Authority for a transitional period through the end of the year.

Port Authority Chairman Taps Committee
To Perform Comprehensive Review of Agency

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson announced Sept. 30 the members of a Special Committee of the Board of Commissioners to conduct a full review of the Authority's past and current governance, management and financial practices. The committee was established in response to the direction of Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo as part of the Port Authority's toll and fare increase.

Chairman Samson, Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler and Commissioners Jeffrey Lynford and William "Pat" Schuber will comprise the special committee of the board.

As part of this effort, the Board is seeking an independent external audit of the agency.
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