Press Release Article
FROM CLERICAL WORKER TO HIGH-LEVEL EXECUTIVE: VETERAN EMPLOYEE NAMED PORT AUTHORITY BOARD SECRETARY
Date: Apr 30, 2002
Press Release Number: 55-2002
Twenty-four years after she took her first job out of high school as a clerical worker in the Port Authority’s Engineering Department, Karen E. Eastman has been named Secretary of the bistate agency’s Board of Commissioners – a demanding, high-level position. She will be one of seven corporate officers of the agency.
In her new job, Ms. Eastman – a Jersey City native who lives in Old Bridge, N.J. – is the chief liaison between the Port Authority’s 12-member Board of Commissioners and the bistate agency’s executive staff. She replaces Daniel Bergstein, who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.
In addition, Ms. Eastman will continue to serve as Special Advisor to Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour.
Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, “Karen is a dedicated, hard-working professional whose extensive knowledge of the agency and its day-to-day activities is an invaluable asset to the Board. She is uniquely qualified for this position.”
Ms. Eastman said, “I am extremely honored to be appointed to this prestigious position at this very critical point in the agency’s history. Our Board now faces the challenging task of making decisions that will affect the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and the future of the region’s transportation system. I am truly honored that the Board feels that I am the person who can assist them in carrying out this mission.”
Ms. Eastman came to the Port Authority in June 1978 and was employed in the Soils and Foundations Division of the agency’s Engineering Department as a secretary.
In 1979, Ms. Eastman took her first job in the Board Secretary’s Office, and held a variety of positions until 1996, when she was named Assistant Board Secretary. In December 2000, in addition to her Assistant Board Secretary responsibilities, she also assumed the role of Special Advisor to then Executive Director Robert E. Boyle. She continued to serve as Special Advisor to Mr. Boyle’s successor, the late Neil D. Levin, who was killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Ms. Eastman is married to Eddie Eastman, a PATH employee since 1977, who works in PATH’s Signal Division. The couple has two children.