Vol. 9, No. 6 July 2014


Minimum Wage Rules for Airport Workers

The Rules for Implementation of Minimum Wage Policy for Non-Trade Labor Service Contracts at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports will become effective on July 31, 2014.  


Effective July 31, 2014, wages for workers performing Covered Services shall be increased by $1.00 per hour for all workers earning $9.00 per hour or less.  


The Rules were posted to the Port Authority's website for public comment from June 13, 2014 through July 13, 2014.  Public comments received and the final rules for implementation can be found in the link below.



Park 'Officially'

Official Airport Parking is available at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports.  You can reserve your parking space online, park steps away from your terminal, and through September 3, get $5 off every $50 you spend using a downloadable coupon.   


Click here to access the Airports section of the Port Authority website for additional details about this program. 


Did You Know? 

You can check on construction progress using webcams positioned at the World Trade Center site, the Bayonne Bridge and the Goethals Bridge.  You can click on the the links below that will connect you to the Port Authority's website. 


World Trade Center

Bayonne Bridge

Goethals Bridge   


Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, September 17, at 2 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ.  A schedule of public meetings is published on the Port Authority website. Minutes and actions from previous Board of Commissioners meetings and webcasts are also available online.  
John Degnan Elected Chairman of the Port Authority

The Port Authority announced on July 23 that former New Jersey
John Degnan
Attorney General John Degnan was elected the 19th Chairman of the agency's Board of Commissioners.

Chairman Degnan was nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate on July 10.  Prior to his current role, Chairman Degnan served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Chubb Corporation, a worldwide property and casualty insurance company based in New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, "John understands the importance of transparency to the policy-making process and the need for the Port Authority to be responsive, effective and consistent.  John is well suited to the task of ensuring the economic competitiveness of the Port region and providing the independence and leadership to pursue bi-state, bipartisan reforms.  This is an opportunity to develop and implement a clear strategy for the Port Authority to ensure it is focused on meeting its mission and doing so responsibly, efficiently, and with the trust of the public it serves."

Read press release for additional details.

George R. Laufenberg Joins the Port Authority Board of Commissioners

George R. Laufenberg was nominated to the Board of Commissioners 
  George R. Laufenberg
by Governor Chris Christie. He was confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate on July 10, 2014.  Mr. Laufenberg is administrative manager of the New Jersey Carpenters Funds. The five funds total in excess of $2 billion in assets and provide apprenticeship and training, health, pension, annuity and vacation benefits to more than 15,000 union members and their families and 7,000 retirees.

For additional information about the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, visit the Port Authority website.

Statement by Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye and Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni on Port Authority Bus Terminal Improvement Program
View of Port Authority Bus Terminal at the Corner of 8th Avenue and 42nd Street

"The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its meeting on July 23 authorized $90 million to a "Quality of Commute" improvement program for the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  The functionally obsolete facility no longer meets the transportation needs of the hundreds of thousands of riders that pass through the terminal every day, and the Port Authority is committed to identifying comprehensive improvements within the context of its existing Capital Plan.  This initiative will make interim improvements to the terminal as the agency explores a program to deliver a redeveloped facility."

Click here to view video of the Committee on Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management presentation on bus terminal improvements.

Port Authority Authorizes $9.5 Million for Major Road Improvement Project in Port of NY and NJ
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners on July 23 approved a project to upgrade a section of Port Jersey Boulevard, the main access road to the Global Container Terminal in Jersey City.  The project will improve access to the terminal gate complex and enhance the movement of new vehicles between BMW's processing facility and the vessel berthing area.  Global recently introduced the first automated container handling system in the port -- making it one of the most efficient container terminals in North America.

Read press release for further details.