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Vol. 9, No. 8 October 2014

BRIEFS

Port Authority Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
GWB Electrician with staff  member wrapping a light in honor of a member of her family.
Continuing through October, the George Washington Bridge necklace lights will glow pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Introduced 29 years ago to heighten awareness of the disease, and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure, the color pink has become a symbol of solidarity for the Breast Cancer Awareness movement.

Port Authority Receives National Award for Excellence in Maritime Security from U.S. Coast Guard

On October 8, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey received the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for its maritime security initiatives in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

 

In naming the Port Authority as one of its award recipients, the U.S. Coast Guard evaluated the agency against its peers across the country in the areas of people, partnerships, physical security, processes, and other security activities and programs. The award seeks to increase public awareness and stress the importance of protecting the marine transportation system.

        

Did You Know?

   

Goethals Bridge rendering.

Current estimates are that the

replacement of the Goethals Bridge will require:  

 

- 95,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough to fill 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools

- 14,000 total tons of rebar steel, which weighs about the same as 848 standard city buses

 

Please visit our website to learn more about the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project.

   

Public Meetings

The next meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, November 19, at 225 Park Ave. South, New York City.  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.  
Port Authority Board Continues Reform Initiatives to Enhance Transparency and Governance Practices
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners at its meeting on October 22 continued its ongoing reform initiatives by approving a new Freedom of Information policy that will take effect on January 1, 2015.  The revised policy will provide the public with an enhanced ability to obtain agency records and a two-tiered appeals process in the event a request for a document is denied.

 

The new policy provides for the disclosure of Port Authority records to the same extent that comparable records are disclosed in either New York or New Jersey.  The new policy also includes a two-tiered appeals process to allow anyone denied a record to appeal that decision to an agency review board and then to an independent, binding third-party arbitrator.

 

Read press release for additional details.
 

Governor Cuomo Announces Modernization and Revitalization Plan for New York Airports 
Governor Cuomo hosts Vice President Biden at event to announce modernization plans for NY airports. (Photo courtesy of NY.Gov Flickr page)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on October 20 hosted Vice President Joe Biden at an event to unveil the Governor's comprehensive plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, Republic and Stewart International
Airports -- bringing them up to 21st Century standards for service, access and amenities.  For details, please read  press release issued by the Governor's Office.
  

Port Authority Joins Port Newark Container Terminal, Inc. in Dedication of Post-Panamax Cranes
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni helped Port Newark Container Terminal, Inc. dedicate three super-post-
Panamax cranes, the largest modern container cranes in service at PNCT's leasehold on Calcutta Street in Port Newark on October 16.
One of the three new super-post-Panamax cranes dedicated at Port Newark .
 
Participating in the dedication ceremony were U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, Port Authority Port Commerce Director Rick Larrabee, and other federal, state, and local officials. Secretary Foxx attended to highlight the $14.8 million federal TIGER grant toward construction of the Port Newark Container Terminal Access Improvement and Expansion Project.

   

The expansion is one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey: Over the next 15 years, PNCT will invest more than $500 million and the Port Authority will invest up to an additional $100 million.

 

The new ship-to-shore cranes, which have a 65-ton lifting capacity, are part of an expansion of the marine terminal that includes developing additional acreage, deepening the berths, strengthening the docks, expanding the queuing area, and upgrading the entire fleet of container-handling equipment.

 

The Port Authority recently completed construction on the expansion of the terminal's ExpressRail facility from its current two loading tracks to four, giving the terminal the ability to handle approximately 250,000 rail boxes per year. The additional 5,000 feet of rail track and resulting capacity will give PNCT the ability to service both major East Coast Class 1 railroads.

 


Port Authority Addressing Noise at Airports

The Port Authority has signed an agreement with Environmental Science Associates to conduct federal Part 150 airport noise compatibility planning studies for John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports over the next three years, with the goal of finding potential mitigation procedures to help alleviate residents' concerns about aircraft noise.

 

Under the agreement, Environmental Science will prepare noise exposure maps, analyze land-use compatibility issues and assess the viability of potential noise mitigation solutions.

 

The Port Authority also is addressing the noise concerns of residents living in close proximity to Newark Liberty International and Teterboro airports in New Jersey, seeking the same federal noise studies under a separate procurement on an expedited basis. A community noise roundtable occurred in June for Newark Liberty with another planned this fall, and Teterboro has had a long-standing group to discuss noise concerns for residents in communities surrounding the busy general aviation airport.

 

Read press release for additional details.  

 

 




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