Press Release Article


Date: Apr 22, 2004
Press Release Number: 49-2004

Law Enforcement Veteran of 34 Years Will Take Over on May 1

The Port Authority today announced the appointment of Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. as Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police. Mr. Plumeri will replace Charles D. De Rienzo, who will leave the Port Authority on May 1.

Mr. Plumeri currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of Intelligence and Training for the Port Authority Police Department, coordinating intelligence initiatives with federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies and overseeing all training programs for the Port Authority Police Academy. Mr. Plumeri also was influential in the hiring of nearly 550 new officers who have joined the department since September 11, 2001. These new officers were hired to replace members of the department who were tragically killed or later retired. The current number of Port Authority Police officers and commanders is the highest in the agency’s history.

As Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police, Mr. Plumeri will be responsible for the management of more than 1,600 officers, commanders and civilian staff in the Port Authority Police Department, and the safety and security of all of the agency’s facilities.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Sam Plumeri has a wealth of law enforcement experience, which allows the Port Authority to continue its important mission of ensuring the safety and security of nearly 450,000 people who use its facilities each year. He started his law enforcement career walking a beat on the streets of Trenton, and then helped lead Mercer County’s law enforcement efforts as sheriff. Now he will help lead the fine men and women who protect the gateways to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “At our airports, tunnels and bridges, PATH system, bus terminals and ports, overall criminal activity has been on the decline since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This trend is encouraging, and the Port Authority Police must remain vigilant. Sam Plumeri’s leadership will be an integral part of that task.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “We are currently implementing a five-year, $500 million capital plan to further reinforce existing security systems, and the Port Authority Police are continuously working on new and innovative ways to fight criminal activity each and every day. The travelers of this region who use our facilities will benefit from Sam Plumeri’s law enforcement experience as he leads the fine men and women of the Port Authority Police Department.”

Mr. Plumeri began his law enforcement career with the Trenton Police Department, where he served as a patrolman and as a major crimes and organized crime intelligence detective. He was an undercover detective for 10 years, while assigned to the Special Services

His extensive law enforcement career also included 12 years as the Sheriff of Mercer County, N.J. He also served as First Undersheriff after leaving the Trenton Police Department in 1986. During his years in the sheriff’s office, he developed K-9 units for bomb detection and the county’s Emergency Response Team.

Mr. Plumeri joined the Port Authority in April 2002 as the agency’s New Jersey Director of Government and Community Affairs.

Mr. Plumeri is a former President of the New Jersey Association of Counties, Past President of the New Jersey State Sheriff’s Association, and was appointed to the National Association of Counties Law and Justice Steering Committee. He is also a member of the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Health System in Trenton, N.J. Mr. Plumeri has a degree in Law Enforcement from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Mr. Plumeri, 57, resides in Hamilton, N.J., with his wife, Barbara.

Created in 1928, the Port Authority Police Department has more than 1,600 officers and commanders. Its responsibilities include law enforcement, the protection of life and property, and the safety and security of all the Port Authority land, sea, air and rail facilities in the Port District.

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 and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail 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 financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.