Press Release Article


Date: Jun 04, 2002
Press Release Number: 65-2002

Michael R. DeCotiis, a New Jersey attorney with an extensive background in public-sector issues, has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority, Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour announced today.

New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “Mr. DeCotiis’s professionalism and extensive public-sector experience will provide a substantial benefit for the Port Authority, for New Jersey and for our entire region. His leadership qualities will be essential in guiding the Port Authority through one of the most important periods in its history.”

Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, “Mr. DeCotiis’s professional background, which includes expertise in environmental law and government and regulatory affairs, will mesh well with his new duties as deputy executive director, and we’re happy to have him join us.”

Mr. Seymour said, “I look forward to working closely with Mr. DeCotiis as the agency embarks on one of the most challenging periods in its 81-year history. His qualifications will be a great asset to this agency.”

Mr. DeCotiis said, “I am honored to be joining the Port Authority, and will dedicate myself to help carry out the mission of this great public agency – to be an engine for economic growth as it pursues a $9.5 billion capital plan over the next five years while rebuilding the World Trade Center site and restoring the critical transportation links between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey.”

Mr. DeCotiis joins the Port Authority after spending more than 10 years as a managing partner with DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Gluck & Cole, LLP, one of New Jersey’s largest law firms specializing in public-sector representation. He is recognized for his expertise in government and regulatory affairs, and public procurement and contracts. He has represented numerous public agencies as General Counsel, including the New Jersey Highway Authority, the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, the Joint Meeting of Essex and Union counties and the Edgewater Municipal Utilities Authority.

Mr. DeCotiis received his B.A. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He was admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars in 1991. He and his wife, Amy, have three children. They live in River Vale, N.J.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates vital transportation links throughout the Port District, including the region’s three major airports; bridges and tunnels that connect Manhattan and Staten Island to New Jersey; maritime ports; bus terminals; and the PATH rail system.

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