Press Release Article


Date: Oct 07, 2014
Press Release Number: 212-2014

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will receive the Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for its maritime security initiatives in the Port of New York and New Jersey at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8.  The ceremony will be held at the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial  South Pool area near the corner of Liberty and Greenwich streets (Lobby of 4 World Trade Center in case of inclement weather).

This biannual award highlights and recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions of the maritime community regarding implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act requirements and other maritime security best practices.  In naming the Port Authority as one of its award recipients, the U.S. Coast Guard evaluated the agency against its peers across the country in the areas of people, partnerships, physical security, processes, and other security activities and programs.  The award seeks to increase public awareness and stress the importance of protecting the marine transportation system.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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