Press Release Article


Date: Nov 03, 2006
Press Release Number: 90-2006

Police Graduate Becomes First Female to Win Academy’s Firearms Proficiency Award

Fifty members of the Port Authority Police Academy graduated today in a ceremony held in Staten Island, N.Y., increasing the strength of the department and augmenting its capacity to protect the bistate agency’s facilities and those who use them.

The class of 41 men and nine women received specialized counterterrorism training during the academy’s 20-week program, in addition to traditional police skills.

The 50 new officers also received training in specialized areas such as firefighting and the use of portable heart defibrillators to revive victims of cardiac arrest. The new officers will begin to patrol Port Authority facilities immediately.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Every day, more than one million people use our airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals, rail system and seaports, and this extensive network also helps transport billions of dollars in commerce and trade. The men and women who took the oath to become law enforcement officers today are now responsible for ensuring safe passage for our customers and commerce.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This class of Port Authority Police underscores the fact that safety and security are among our top priorities. These dedicated and highly trained officers will play a critical role in helping to secure our facilities by providing tight security throughout the trade and transportation network that supports our economy.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “More than 500 million people use our transportation facilities each year. Today’s graduates have undergone one of the finest police training programs in our nation, and are now well equipped to help the agency provide for public safety at our facilities, which remains our highest priority.”

Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. said, “These law enforcement officers have assumed an awesome responsibility that comes with being a member of the Port Authority Police Department – the safety and security of the traveling public that use our expansive transportation network. The hard work they’ve done, the extensive training they’ve received and the dedication they’ve demonstrated will serve them well as they serve on the front lines.”

At the graduation ceremony, Police Officer Melissa McNair received the Inspector William J. Monahan Award, presented to the graduate who achieved the highest shooting rating in firearms proficiency during police training. Police Officer McNair received a perfect score and is the first female member of the Port Authority Police to win this award in its 35-year history.

Created in 1928, the Port Authority Police Department has approximately 1,600 officers and commanders. Its responsibilities include law enforcement, the protection of life and property, and the safety and security of Port Authority facilities.

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.

Graduates of the 107th Class of the Port Authority Police Department:
Michael AngeliniJames Macomber
Michael AngerhauserCarlos Martinez
Lisa BastosArelys Matos
Justin BenaghMelissa McNair
Joseph BrenneckAnthony Meyer
Luis CalderonSteve Miranda
Bryan CorradinoAnthony Monagas
Brandon CummingsDavid Morales
Anthony CutroneLawrence O’Connor
Michael S. FarleyJason Pasculli
Stephen FoxJessica Rahner
James J. FreemanEric Rinkle
Michael GarciaPhyllis Rios
David GrandeNatalie Rosa-Ruiz
Kenneth D. HarrisOscar Ruiz
William D. HowleyChristopher Ruppenthal
Trion JamesNadia F. Stoveken
Mary R. JarvisAnthony F. Triano
Thomas C. KoncewiczJesse Turano
Stelios KraniotakisDennis Ulloa
Krzysztof KutarniaRyan Ust
Michael LatifVito Venetucci
David LennonBrian Vitale
Alison LesniakMatthew Westfield
John MacalusoJung Yoo