Press Release Article


Date: Apr 01, 2013
Press Release Number: 35-2013

George Washington Bridge and JFK Airport Control Tower to be

illuminated blue during the month of April to support autism awareness

April 2 has been designated by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day, and to support the efforts of all those affected by autism as well as those working to find a cure, the Port Authority will participate in Autism Speaks’ “Light it Up Blue” campaign for the fourth straight year.

Last year, more than 3,000 buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries were lit blue to help raise awareness about autism. This year, the Port Authority will light both the JFK Tower and the George Washington Bridge blue in a show of support for the entire month of April. The George Washington Bridge is the world’s busiest vehicular crossing, with 49.1 million eastbound crossings each year.

“Thousands of parents face the daily difficulties and challenges of caring for an autistic child,” said Port Authority Commissioner Jeffrey Lynford, the father of an autistic child. “I’m pleased that the Port Authority is taking part in this global effort to shine a light on organizations supporting the effort to find a cure and groups who assist families dealing with the effects of autism every day.”

“The Port Authority is proud to show its strong support for a disorder that touches the lives of dozens of our own employees and millions of Americans,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Lighting our airport tower and the world’s busiest bridge blue is one small, visible way we can show our support for this very important cause.”

“There are countless people working hard every day to raise awareness, provide critical family services and ultimately find a cure for this devastating disorder,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “The Port Authority is committed to doing our part to honor them by lighting the world’s busiest bridge blue for the month of April.”

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