Date: Aug 11, 2011
Press Release Number: 87-2011
Two upstate New York State business organizations have announced their support for the Port Authority toll and fare proposal that will invest in economic growth throughout the region and generate 167,000 jobs, $38.4 billion in sales. The statements from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce join a growing group of leading labor, economic, transportation and community groups who have come out in support of the plan. These groups include the Regional Planning Association, Association for a Better New York, the Partnership for New York City, The General Contractors Association and many others.
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charles S. North:
Our infrastructure unites us. The highways, tunnels, and bridges of Dutchess County and New York State bring us together as one community, allowing all of us access to family, friends, and the goods and services of our local economy. It is with that in mind that I am writing to express my support for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s 10-year Capital Plan.
In order to maintain a strong local economy and to drive tourism to our region, it is vital that we maintain solid infrastructure. It is also of the utmost importance that we continue to create jobs, and the Port Authority’s ambitious Capital Plan shows a strong commitment to investing in our area and getting our people back to work by creating thousands of well-paying jobs. In fact, it is estimated that the Port Authority will create as many as 185,633 jobs, as well as $10.8 billion in wages and $42.7 billion in sales within the 17-county New York/New Jersey Port District during the ten-year length of the proposal.
While the proposal does include increases in service costs, we applaud any initiative that passes that cost solely onto users, and not the public at large. We believe these minimal increases in tolls and other fees are a necessary cost of doing business.
The Port Authority is doing its part to help bring growth and prosperity to Dutchess County.
I urge you to join me in supporting their 2011 Capital Plan. If I may be of any further assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Orange County Chamber Of Commerce President John A. D’Ambrosio, Ed.D.:
Not only has the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey played an indispensable role in building and maintaining much of the infrastructure of our region and state, the organization also is a leading generator of economic activity in the Hudson Valley and a valuable corporate citizen. Since taking over administration of Stewart International Airport four years ago, the Port Authority has demonstrated a deep commitment to the success of the airport, as well as to the economic vitality of the entire Hudson Valley Region.
The Port Authority’s 10-year Capital Plan is a well-thought-out-plan of action representing a solid investment in meeting the transportation needs of New York and New Jersey for the future. In addition, the Plan’s projects will generate thousands of much-needed jobs and provide stimulation of a flat economy.
The Orange County Chamber Of Commerce supports the Port Authority’s Capital Plan and the funding that will be necessary to make its projects a reality. The Port Authority is to be commended for its keen foresight in planning for the future and its commitment to economic growth and creating a solid transportation infrastructure for New York and New Jersey.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman or Ron Marsico, 212 435-7777