Vol. 4, No. 11, December 15, 2009
LaGuardia Airport Marks 70th Anniversary
December 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the opening of LaGuardia Airport. It was originally called New York Municipal Airport. When the Port Authority assumed operations of the airport in 1947, it was renamed in honor of the New York City mayor who had been so instrumental in the original development of the airfield. A complete slide show of the airport’s storied history is now available on the Port Authority Web site.

Public Meetings
Visit panynj.info to view minutes and board actions from previous board meetings, and the Web cast from the December 10 board and committee meetings.
Did You Know?
You can track flights to and from the Port Authority’s airports on the Web? Flight tracking information, including a map of flights in the air, is available on each of the airport home pages:
JFK International
Newark Liberty International
Stewart International
Board Adopts 2010 Zero-Growth Port Authority Budget

At its December 10 meeting, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners adopted a $6.3 billion 2010 budget for the agency.

In response to the economic downturn, which has significantly reduced the Port Authority’s financial capacity, the budget calls for zero growth in operating expenses for the second straight year. The budget also reduces agency headcount by 150 positions, bringing staff levels to the lowest level in 40 years. Taken on top of previous staff reductions, the Port Authority has now eliminated more than 500 non-police positions since 2004, a 9 percent reduction.

The budget also calls for other cost-control measures including:
a 20-percent reduction in overtime and a 32-percent reduction in external consultants. These and other cuts are necessary to help
counter the effect of an economic downturn that is expected to reduce facility activity more than originally forecasted.

The fiscal discipline on the operating side of the preliminary budget allows for $3.1 billion in capital spending – enough to keep priority projects moving forward and to maintain agency facilities in a state of good repair.

Details for the budget and capital plan are posted on the Port Authority’s Web site, panynj.info.

20th Anniversary PATH Holiday Poster Contest
PATH and the Jersey City Public Schools have marked the 20th anniversary of a joint holiday poster program. Visit the PATH home page
to view this year’s winning entries.