Press Release Article


Date: Dec 10, 2014
Press Release Number: 248-2014

The former NYPD First Deputy Commissioner created agency’s first centralized Security Department to enhance public safety at its facilities;First Deputy Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore to Succeed Dunne

The Port Authority announced today that Joseph Dunne – the agency’s first Chief Security Officer who formed its first centralized Security Department to enhance public safety at the agency’s bistate transportation facilities – will retire effective January 9, 2015.

Mr. Dunne, a 32-year veteran of the NYPD, will be succeeded by First Deputy Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore, who joined the Port Authority in 2012 following a distinguished career in law enforcement and several senior security management roles. Belfiore served for 20 years with the NYPD retiring with the rank of Deputy Chief serving in the First Deputy Commissioner’s office before moving on to a variety of public- and private-sector security positions, including Director of Security Operations for Major League Baseball, Chief Security Officer for the Related Companies, and as Westchester County Department of Public Safety Commissioner.

“From the time he was a rookie patrolman, Joe has never shied away from tough tasks and he has excelled at everything he’s done, including his remarkable service in establishing the Port Authority’s Chief Security Office,” said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. “His exemplary leadership will have a lasting impact on the safety and security of everyone who relies on our facilities.”

“As the first Chief Security Officer for the Port Authority, Chief Dunne ushered into this organization a world-class security program that prioritizes the protection of the agency’s employees, customers, the public and the vital transportation assets that we operate,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “This commitment to excellence will continue under the leadership of our new Chief Security Officer, Tom Belfiore. Joe Dunne's legacy at this agency will not be forgotten and we wish him well in his retirement.”

“Chief Dunne is a world-class law enforcement professional whose dedication and leadership helped this agency better manage its critical security responsibilities for the millions of people who use its airports, seaports, bridges, tunnels and PATH system,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “As a result of Joe’s leadership, the people of this region are safer today. We also are extremely pleased that Tom has agreed to take on the chief security role and provide a seamless transition and continue to build upon the progress we have made.”

“Chief Dunne took on an enormous challenge to streamline agency security procedures and protocols, and I applaud him for the great job he has done during the past two years,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni. “Joe’s efforts strengthened and unified our security operations, and I look forward to working with Tom to continue the work that we’ve begun.”

“I’m extremely grateful to the Port Authority leadership for allowing me to take on one of the most gratifying jobs in my law enforcement career,” said Chief Security Officer Dunne. “After nearly 45 years of serving in law enforcement and in public and private security roles, it’s time for me to move on to what’s most important to me – my family and my beloved grandchildren. I wish Tom the best of luck in continuing the efforts we began together.”

Mr. Dunne, a 32-year veteran of the NYPD, joined the Port Authority in November 2012 and immediately began to centralize all of the agency’s disparate security programs, which previously operated independently under the control of the various line departments and the Port Authority Police Department. He also improved coordination with other law enforcement agencies in New York and New Jersey, and initiated plans to rein in public safety overtime and costs. In addition, Mr. Dunne oversaw the Port Authority Police Department and its 1,800 uniformed members.

During his two-year tenure, Mr. Dunne oversaw the hiring of the two largest police recruit classes in PAPD history, a total of 450 new officers. He also hired 14 outside Law enforcement executives to fill the ranks of Captain and above inside the PAPD. He implemented the new Airport Rescue Firefighting Cadre as a separate but integrated function inside the Aviation Department. In addition, he led the planning and implementation of security and policing efforts at the World Trade center site as it transitioned from a construction site to a thriving commercial campus.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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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