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Growing the Region - News from the Port Authority of NY & NJ

Vol. 3, No. 4, June 2008

New Port Authority Commissioner and New Executive Director Join
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

A new Port Authority Commissioner and new Executive Director joined the agency in May. Mr. H. Sidney Holmes III, a senior partner in Winston & Strawn’s Corporate Law Department, was confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Port Authority Board of Commissioners until 2012.  A graduate of Columbia University and The Hofstra School of Law, Mr. Holmes brings significant experience in public finance from his work on industrial and economic development revenue bond financing across the United States. 

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Port Authority Commissioner
H. Sidney Holmes III

Christopher O. Ward was appointed the new Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on May 22. This is Mr. Ward’s second tenure at the Port Authority. He previously served as Chief of Planning and External Affairs, as well as Director of Port Redevelopment from 1997-2002.

Mr. Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University’s Divinity School.

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Port Authority Executive Director
Christopher O. Ward

Port Authority Board Takes Action on Several Airport Improvements
At its meeting on May 22, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners:
  • Approved a $20 million planning study for the redevelopment of Terminals 2 and 3 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • Authorized a $28.4 million project to bolster security measures at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia Airports, and 
  • Announced a $400 million grant from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for in-line baggage screening improvements at the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region’s airports.

U.S. Transportation Security
Administration inspecting baggage

Port Authority First Tolling Agency in U.S. to Empower Customers to Offset Their Own “Carbon Footprint”
The Port Authority is building on its commitment to reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities.  The agency will expand on its program that devotes about $9 billion of a $29.5 billion 10-year capital plan to increasing the level of sustainable transportation in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, by offering its customers an opportunity to offset their own “carbon footprint” with a few clicks of a mouse.  Read more.

Bayonne Bridge as seen from Newark Liberty International Airport

News Briefs
The Port Authority released its 2007 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at its Annual Meeting of the Board of Commissioners on April 24.  Click here to view PDF.

Travel Alerts are available for Port Authority bridges and tunnels, PATH, and airports. Visit www.panynj.info to subscribe to these free services.

This is a great time to join the Port Authority.  "Build a Career.  Build a Region.”  To see job openings, visit www.JoinThePortAuthority.com.

Visit the Port Authority’s Web site for the latest photos of construction progress at the World Trade Center site.

Did You Know?
The Port Authority’s facilities and operations support 500,000 regional jobs. These jobs produce more than $22 billion in annual wages and $72 billion in annual economic activity.  

Public Meetings
The next Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26.  Visit www.panynj.info to view minutes and board actions from previous board meetings and Web casts of the May 22 board and committee meetings.

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