On behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Pat Foye, the agency’s Executive Director, will accept the Captain Award, bestowed by the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School of the New York Harbor Foundation. This year’s Harbor School Awards Dinner will be held on March 18, 2015 at the New York Yacht Club.
New York Harbor School’s mission is to provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience, and particularly one that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers in the marine science industries. Graduates of New York Harbor School have continued their studies at top universities including SUNY Maritime, Roger Williams, and Stony Brook University. Others have gone on to careers as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, commercial divers, and key members of New York’s maritime community.
In May 2014, the Port Authority announced it would partner with regional maritime educational institutions to launch the Two States, One Port campaign to promote the study of regional harbor and port issues while also providing financing for studies aboard the Lettie G. Howard, a 121-year-old fishing vessel.
"The future and resiliency of our port operations depend on the expertise of our next generation of maritime managers and leaders,” said Pat Foye last spring, in support of Two States, One Port. "That's why we've chosen to support this worthwhile program for students so they can serve as future ambassadors for the East Coast's busiest port."
Also on March 18: the American Bureau of Shipping will receive the Harbor School’s Admiral Award. One Harbor School graduate will also receive the first-ever presentation of the Peter Matthiessen Award for Leadership in the Maritime Environment.