Press Release Article


Date: Feb 06, 2003
Press Release Number: 12-2003

The Port Authority has released “Contractors 2003,” a recently-updated CD-ROM listing thousands of women-owned, minority-owned and small businesses that have demonstrated the ability to tackle many jobs in the public and private sector. The Port Authority makes the list available to organizations looking for certified minority-owned, women-owned and small contracting and subcontracting businesses.

“The newly updated version of this database will give large contractors a comprehensive list of first-rate, agency-approved professionals ready to meet their needs,” said Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra. “The database will help to ensure that these contractors are aware of the high level of skills and entrepreneurship these firms have to offer.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Our Business and Job Opportunity Office has worked to provide opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses for more than 20 years. The ‘Contractors 2003’ database is another example of our commitment to helping these firms to prosper and grow.”

The Port Authority and other public agencies encourage larger contractors to hire minority-owned, women-owned and small companies when they need to use subcontractors or when developing joint ventures. The database lists contractors according to the type of work performed. The list includes construction companies, security firms, janitorial services, design consultants and specialists in many other fields.

“All of the companies listed have gone through a stringent certification process to ensure they are at least 51 percent women- or minority-owned,” said Wilfred Chabrier, General Manager of the Business and Job Opportunity Office of the agency’s Economic Development Department. “In addition, references are checked to make sure that they are qualified and have a proven performance record.”

Small businesses must also meet federal Small Business Administration revenue limit guidelines. The database is refreshed monthly to ensure that the businesses listed have up-to-date certification status.

Since the mid-1970s, the Port Authority’s Business and Job Opportunity Office has been assisting minority-owned, women-owned and small companies in acquiring contracts with the agency. The Port Authority awarded $284 million contract awards to M/W/SBEs for construction, goods and services, and architectural and engineering services in 2001. These awards helped create 4,070 jobs, $162 million in wages and $430 million in regional economic activity.

Companies seeking a free copy of the CD-ROM, more detailed information on the Business and Job Opportunity Office or inclusion on the database can obtain more detailed information and certification forms from the Port Authority website,, or by calling 973 565-5531.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the
George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. The agency is self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.