Vol. 3, No. 11, December, 2008

News Briefs
The New York state Senate has confirmed Stanley E. Grayson, a former deputy mayor in the Koch administration, as a member of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Mr. Grayson, who was nominated to the unpaid position by Gov. David A. Paterson, replaces Bruce Blakeman on the 12-member board. He will serve until 2014, and attended his first Board meeting on December 17.

Public Meetings
Visit panynj.info to view minutes and board actions from previous board meetings and Webcasts of the December 17 board
and committee meetings.

Did You Know?
The Port Authority's winter arsenal for its tunnels, bridges and airport roads and parking lots includes more than 4,000 tons of salt and 2,000 tons of sand? Read more.

Doing Business with the Port Authority
Click here for PA Procurement Information and Opportunities.

Build a Career.
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To view job openings at the Port Authority, visit JoinThePortAuthority.com.

Port Authority Board Approves 2009 Budget;
Includes Largest Capital Outlay in the Agency's History
At its December 17 meeting, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved a $6.7 billion 2009 budget that includes a robust $3.3 billion in regional capital investments designed to help boost the region’s economy during these tough economic times.

The budget calls for no growth in either the agency’s operating budget or staffing levels. Despite difficult financial conditions, the new budget does not include increases in tolls or fares.

Details can be found online (panynj.info) in the Port Authority 2009 Budget Book.

The proposed capital outlay is the largest in the agency’s history, up $728 million, or 28 percent, from the 2008 capital budget. It is expected that the infusion of additional capital spending will help buffer the current economic crisis and address the region’s infrastructure challenges.

World Trade Center News: 'Signature' Ramp Removal to Make Way For Continued Construction of Memorial and Memorial Museum

The 460-foot-long ramp that has served as the conduit for thousands of 9/11 victims' families and notable leaders to go from street level to bedrock at The World Trade Center site is being removed to make way for continued rebuilding of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Work on the ramp removal began December 13.

In related WTC news, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on December 11 moved the historic Vesey Street Stair Remnant (known as the Survivors’ Stairs) to its final placement in the Memorial Museum site. The Stairs, which were used as a vital route to safety on the morning of September 11, 2001, were the first artifacts moved to the Museum site when they were lowered to a temporary location at bedrock level in July 2008.

New WTC Video:
A new Port Authority online video provides an overview of the work currently under way at The World Trade Center site. For image galleries, news and additional videos, visit the WTC Progress Web site.

Satellite Navigation System to be Tested at Newark Liberty; New Technology May Help Reduce Flight Delays
Newark Liberty International Airport will become the nation’s first major hub to test a new satellite navigation technology to help reduce flight delays, under an agreement approved December 17 by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners. The technology, called Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS), will help reduce air-traffic control congestion at Newark Liberty by increasing navigational precision compared with traditional radar-based systems. Essentially, planes using GBAS will be able to fly closer together and land more efficiently.