Press Release Article


Date: Oct 20, 2011
Press Release Number: 126-2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners today confirmed Patrick J. Foye, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recommendation to be the Executive Director of the bistate agency. Mr. Foye will work closely with Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, who was named to his post by Governor Chris Christie in March 2010.

Mr. Foye, who currently serves as Gov. Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary of Economic Development, will replace Executive Director Christopher Ward, who will leave the post at the end of this month. Mr. Ward will continue to serve as an advisor to the Port Authority for a transitional period through the end of the year.

In Mr. Foye’s current role, he manages New York State’s initiatives for economic recovery, investment, and job creation, and oversees the Empire State Development Corporation. Previously, Mr. Foye was deputy county executive for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. He also has served as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, representing Nassau County.

At its monthly meeting this afternoon the Board of Commissioners took the following actions, which could generate more than 450 jobs and more than $127 million in economic activity:


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, 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 Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.