Press Release Article


Date: Mar 12, 2015
Press Release Number: 36-2015

The Port Authority is being honored with the Captain Award by the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School of the New York Harbor Foundation for its exceptional support and investments to a hands-on educational institution for maritime students. Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye will accept the award at this year's Harbor School Awards Dinner on March 18.

Last May, the Port Authority announced that it would partner with regional maritime educational institutions to launch the Two States, One Port campaign to promote the study of regional harbor and port issues while also supporting the restoration of the Lettie G. Howard, a 121-year-old fishing vessel. The vessel serves as a hands-on educational institution for high-school maritime students, who come from a diverse student population from throughout the region.

The school's students cultivated skills in managing the Lettie when they restored the vessel in 2013. Students played a major role in the restoration, including repainting cabins and re-rigging the masts following a critical professional overhaul of the ship's main mast and keelson — a below-water beam that fastens to the keel for added strength and rigidity.

In addition, the Port Authority has taken students on tours to enlighten them about the day-to-day operations at the port and hired students for intern opportunities at the Port Authority.

"The port business in New York Harbor is responsible for nearly 300,000 jobs in the region and experiencing strong growth, so it's critical that we expose today's youth to the working waterfront so that they can be prepared for future jobs in the maritime industry," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "We believe the assistance we've provided to this institute have helped mold young men and women for future careers in the maritime industry."

The Harbor School opened in September 2003 as New York City's only maritime high school and seeks to graduate students equipped with the skills and experience to become tomorrow's port industry managers.

New York Harbor School's mission is to provide a college-preparatory education built on New York City's maritime history, and particularly one that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers in the marine science industries. Graduates of New York Harbor School have continued their studies at top universities including SUNY Maritime, Roger Williams, and Stony Brook University. Others have gone on to careers as officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine, commercial divers, and key members of New York's maritime community.

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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