Date: Apr 26, 2012
Press Release Number: 57-2012
Leadership Team Installed Last Year Will Continue Reform Efforts
The Board of Commissioners today formally re-elected the Port Authority’s new leadership team—allowing them to continue the sweeping reforms they have already started to implement at the bistate agency.
The Board re-elected David Samson as Chairman, Scott H. Rechler as Vice Chairman, Pat Foye as Executive Director and Bill Baroni as Deputy Executive Director. The four also will serve as the leadership of the agency’s subsidiaries—the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, the Newark Legal and Communications Center Urban Renewal Corporation, and the New York and New Jersey Railroad Corporation. This is the first time all four are part of the Board’s annual election process.
Governor Chris Christie nominated Chairman Samson to the Board of Commissioners in September 2010. The New Jersey State Senate confirmed Mr. Samson on January 25, 2011 and he was elected as the agency’s Chairman on February 3, 2011. He is a founding member of the law firm Wolff & Samson. His 40-year career in private law practice includes extensive experience in complex business and corporate litigation, administrative proceedings, and governmental and regulatory affairs.
Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Vice Chairman Rechler to the Board of Commissioners in June 2011. Mr. Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR Realty LLC, a multi-billion dollar private real estate company formed subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates Realty Corporation to SL Green in January 2007, one of the largest public real estate management buyouts in REIT history.
Executive Director Foye assumed his position on November 1, 2011. Prior to joining the agency, he served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Mr. Foye was a mergers and acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps and managing partner of the firm's Brussels, Budapest and Moscow offices.
Governor Chris Christie appointed Deputy Executive Director Baroni to his position in March 2010. Prior to assuming his Port Authority post, Mr. Baroni represented portions of Mercer and Middlesex counties as a New Jersey State Senator. He began his legislative career in the New Jersey General Assembly, winning his first term in 2003 and re-election in 2005.
In addition, the Board also elected Darrell Buchbinder as General Counsel, Karen E. Eastman as Secretary, Michael G. Fabiano as Chief Financial Officer, Daniel G. McCarron as Comptroller, and Anne Marie Mulligan as Treasurer.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. This includes 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.