Press Release Article


Date: Oct 10, 2006
Press Release Number: 75-2006

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will receive the Hall of Fame Award from the Queens Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s annual Business Person of the Year Luncheon on October 12 at the LaGuardia Marriott.

The Port Authority, which has been a member of the Chamber since 1954, is being recognized for its decades of contributions to the Borough of Queens. The agency’s history in the borough dates to 1947, when it assumed control of LaGuardia Airport, which had been in operation since 1939, and John F. Kennedy International Airport, which at the time was still under construction and commonly called Idlewild, although its proper name was New York International Airport.

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “We are honored to be selected by the Chamber for this prestigious award. It’s gratifying to be recognized for our commitment to the Borough of Queens, which spans nearly 60 years. Just last month, the city announced nearly $40 million in proposed capital projects in Queens that will be funded by the Port Authority as a provision of the lease we have with the city, with another $60 million in capital investments forthcoming. We’re proud of our long-standing association with the borough and the Chamber, and look forward to continued prosperity.”

Port Authority employees serve on the boards of a variety of community and business organizations in the borough, including the Queens Chamber of Commerce; the Queens Council Boy Scouts of America; the Aviation Development Council; LaGuardia Kiwanis; Vaughn College of Aeronautics; King Manor Museum; the Council for Airport Opportunities; the South Queens Boys and Girls Club; the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce; the Jamaica Bay Advisory Committee; the Queens Economic Development Corporation; the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation; and the York College Aviation Institute.

Kennedy Airport General Manager Alfred G. Graser and LaGuardia Airport General Manager Warren D. Kroeppel are expected to accept the award on behalf of the Port Authority.

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 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; the Port Authority-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.