Press Release Article


Date: Feb 25, 2003
Press Release Number: 23-2003

Victoria Cross Kelly, a 26-year veteran of the Port Authority and nationally honored hero of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, has been named Deputy Director of the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department.

In her new position, Ms. Kelly will assist department Director Ken Philmus to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Port Authority’s tunnel, bridge and terminal facilities. She will assist the Director in managing nearly 1,100 employees, a $360 million operating expense budget and a $1.1 billion five-year capital investment plan. Ms. Kelly also will focus on the long-term regional transportation issues within the region that ensure the vitality of the economy of the New York-New Jersey region. Ms. Kelly, who most recently served as Deputy Director of PATH, succeeds Joanne Crowley as Deputy Director of the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department. Ms. Crowley retired in December 2002.

Ms. Kelly said, \"I look forward to fulfilling my new responsibilities in the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department, working with facilities that are so vital to moving people and goods throughout our region.\" Mr. Philmus said, \"I have known and worked with Vicky for many years, and I am confident that she will provide vital support to this Department as we move forward with our long-term goals and objectives to maximize regional mobility in a secure environment.\"

Ms. Kelly, a West Caldwell resident, began her Port Authority career in 1976. As Deputy Director of PATH, she was responsible for the rail system’s planning, operations and maintenance. She also oversaw the rapid transit system’s long-range business plans and the capital and operating budget. Prior to this position, Ms. Kelly was acting Deputy Director of the Port Authority’s Port Commerce Department.

Last year, the Women’s Transportation Seminar named Ms. Kelly the \"2002 Woman of the Year.\" Her quick actions saved thousands of lives on September 11. That morning, Ms. Kelly was at a breakfast meeting in One World Trade Center when the first plane hit the tower. She immediately called the PATH control center and had all service rerouted away from the World Trade Center. The Women’s Transportation Seminar, founded in 1977, is a national organization dedicated to promoting women in transportation.

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 and 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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.