Date: Nov 18, 2010
Press Release Number: 83-2010
Port Authority Downsizes Following Largest Round Of Retirees in the Agency’s 89-Year History
The Port Authority today bid farewell to 316 of its employees who are retiring this year after proudly serving the agency’s millions of airport, seaport, bridge, tunnel and PATH customers for decades.
This represents the largest one-year round of retirements in the Port Authority’s 89-year history. Combined, these employees have 9,300 years of Port Authority service. The retirements come on the heels of two consecutive zero-growth operating budgets in which the Port Authority eliminated 150 more positions, representing a 9 percent cut to non-police positions since 2004.
The retiring employees cover a very broad spectrum, ranging from staff that operate the PATH trains and collect tolls at the Hudson River crossings, to senior management staff, including the Chief Engineer, the Chief Financial Officer, the general manager of LaGuardia Airport, and the directors of the Audit, Operational Services, Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals and Marketing departments.
Most of the retiring staff members are career employees who have served the agency for more than 25 years, and some who were employed for more than 40 years. Many of these staff members played heroic roles in two of the Port Authority’s darkest days – the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Port Authority has already begun implementing a continuity plan to make certain the agency continues to provide a high level of service even as it moves forward with less resources.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “What makes the Port Authority great is its people – those who come to work each day and go above and beyond to serve this region’s ever-growing needs. We have been very blessed to have such a dedicated staff, and we look forward to working with the next generation of employees who will follow in their footsteps.”
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “The Port Authority is lucky to run a portfolio of transportation assets that rival any in the world. But I firmly believe that the Port Authority’s greatest asset is its people. These 316 colleagues have served this institution with distinction and they will be missed. Going forward, we have put in place an operational continuity plan to make certain that we deliver the high-quality service that our customers demand even as we move forward with less resources.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “While I have been at the Port Authority for only a short time, I’ve come to admire and respect the work ethic and dedication to service these retiring staff members exhibit every day. They have all served as role models for the agency, and I will truly miss their wisdom and support.”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.