Press Release Article


Date: Feb 23, 2015
Press Release Number: 28-2015

The Port Authority Police Department today announced the promotion of 14 of its exceptional officers to higher ranks to help bolster security at the agency’s high-profile transportation facilities in New York and New Jersey.

Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko promoted 10 PAPD officers to the rank of sergeant and four PAPD sergeants to the rank of lieutenant. Each candidate went through a rigorous screening process before the promotions were made. This process included a written test and an evaluation by commanding officers, and the candidates’ experience, attendance and disciplinary background also were taken into account. The promotions take effect on March 1.

The promotions will help bolster the supervisory ranks within the PAPD - which brought 450 new officers on board last year - and also will help the department reduce overtime by providing additional leadership to cover various supervisory shifts.

“The 14 officers we promoted today have all shown the skill, determination and character we need to provide exceptional leadership for our police officers,” said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore. “Through their hard work and commitment, they will help us fulfill the critical mission of securing our world-class transportation assets and the millions of people who use them each year.”

“I am honored to recognize the 14 men and women we promoted today who will now have the opportunity to provide critical leadership to our officers in the performance of their duties,” Superintendent Fedorko said. “Our officers have a challenging task in serving the traveling public, and I’m confident that our new supervisors will be a major asset in fulfilling our critical mission.”

“Our ability to protect the traveling public hinges on good police work and the experience of seasoned supervisors to oversee our officers doing their job in the field each day,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Edward Cetnar. “This latest round of promotions provides the type of quality leadership we need to oversee one of the leading police forces in the country.”

Created in 1928, The Port Authority Police Department has approximately 1,900 uniformed officers and commanders with full police powers in New York and New Jersey. Its responsibilities include law enforcement and ensuring the safety and security of the Port Authority’s airports, seaports, tunnels, bridges, PATH system and the World Trade Center site.

The following members of the Port Authority Police Department were promoted:

To Lieutenant:

Amy Desthers
Arelys Matos
Frank D’Alessandro
Louis Mancuso

To Sergeant:

Robert Paszel
James Freeman
Keith Conway
Andrew Caruso
Christopher Daly
Stellos Kraniotakis
Frank Pulizzi
Timothy Dailey
Rudy Fernandez
Sammy Morsi

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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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