Press Release Article


Date: Dec 17, 2004
Press Release Number: 162-2004

About 900 Bronx kids will receive holiday gifts thanks to donations by the Port Authority to three local community organizations – Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Morrisania Family Preservation Program and 42nd Precinct Community Council.

“The Port Authority believes that happy children can become well-adjusted, productive adults. That’s why we have been loyal supporters of Bronx community groups like these for more than 20 years,” said James Vanderburg, Manager of Bathgate Industrial Park. “This program also gives the agency a wonderful opportunity to show its appreciation to the communities that host and support facilities like Bathgate Industrial Park here in the Bronx.”

Verna Lee Judge, President of 42nd Precinct Community Council said, “I would like to personally thank the Port Authority for its wonderful contribution to our holiday program. If it wasn’t for the agency’s generous contribution, our holiday program would not be possible and many of the children we serve would not be able to experience the joy of the season.” The council received $3,500 for its holiday gift program.

Roger Sam, Executive Director of the Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc., said, “I would like to thank the Port Authority for bringing holiday magic to many youngsters who otherwise might not have had the opportunity experience the joys of this season.” This program received $2,500 for its holiday gift program.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the Port Authority for this gift to our children.” said Renee Nixon-Simmons, District Director of the Family Preservation Program-Morrisania. “The Port Authority’s donation demonstrates that it truly understands what the holiday season is all about – generosity to others.” Her program received $1,000 to buy gifts for children for the holidays.

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; 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.