Press Release Article


Date: Nov 20, 2008
Press Release Number: 138-2008

At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized:

  • A $32 million project for Phase I of the North Cargo Area and Port Street improvement program to provide for the reconfiguration of parking lot P6 and the demolition of a vacant gas station at Newark Liberty International Airport;

  • A $7 million increase in project authorization to complete the construction of Phase 1B of the ExpressRail Corbin Street Intermodal Rail Support Facility at Port Newark and the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal;

  • A five-year, six-month lease with Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. for approximately 6,300 square feet of space in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport for use as a first-class lounge;

  • Agreements with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and ACCION New York, Inc., to establish and implement a $2 million Emissions Reduction Program, which will provide financial incentives to truck owners operating within the Port District to purchase used trucks that have been retrofitted with new emission control technologies;

  • The award of $59.4 million in subgrant agreements pursuant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Port Security grants for Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008, in which the Port Authority serves as fiduciary agent;

  • The Port Authority to file an application, on behalf of Heller Industrial Parks, Inc., with the Foreign Trade Zone Board for the expansion of FTZ No. 49 to include 402 acres at the Heller site in Edison, N.J.;

  • The adoption of a policy that provides the framework for safeguarding certain confidential documents and information, including personal, proprietary and security, consistent with guidelines for public access to records under the Freedom of Information Act policy; and

  • An updated Freedom of Information Act policy to ensure consistency with the current laws of the States of New York and New Jersey.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777

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, Stewart International 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.

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