Date: Dec 13, 2001
Press Release Number: 162-2001
The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today elected former New Jersey State Senator Jack G. Sinagra to serve as Chairman of the bistate agency.
Chairman Sinagra, who was nominated by New Jersey Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco, replaces outgoing Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg. Mr. Eisenberg, who resigned the position to accept an appointment to the board of the new Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corp., will remain on the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners.
“I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Acting Governor DiFrancesco and Governor Pataki,” Chairman Sinagra said. “I am grateful for the support of these two remarkable men, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout these trying times. I am honored to assume the role of chairman of this distinguished agency, a position so admirably dignified by my predecessor, Lewis Eisenberg, whose outstanding contribution to the Port Authority and the people of this region will always be remembered.”
Acting Governor DiFrancesco said, “Jack Sinagra is a great choice to replace Lewis Eisenberg as chairman of the Port Authority. His outstanding background in business as well as his legislative career afforded him skills that will serve the agency well during this difficult time of recovery and rebuilding.\" Acting Governor DiFrancesco served with Sinagra in the Senate since 1992.
Chairman Sinagra, of East Brunswick, N.J., served in the state Senate for 10 years. He chaired the Senate Health Committee and was active in issues ranging from health care policy to economic development. He also was a member of the New Jersey Israel Commission; the Task Force on the Affordability and Accessibility of Health Care in New Jersey; the New Jersey Human Relations Council; and the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission.
In 1998, he received the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis Award, presented annually to outstanding legislators and administrators from around the nation.
Chairman Sinagra also has served as Mayor of East Brunswick. He is Senior Vice President of Turtle and Hughes Inc., a Linden-based electrical supplies distributor.