Press Release Article


Date: Oct 18, 2002
Press Release Number: 109-2002

Port Authority Chief Engineer Frank Lombardi will be among seven construction and transportation industry leaders honored by the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors at its award luncheon at the New York Hilton Towers, at noon on Monday, October 21. Mr. Lombardi will receive the Industry Leader of the Year Award.

Mr. Lombardi, of Howard Beach, N.Y., played an extraordinary leadership role on September 11, 2001, and in the unprecedented recovery and rebuilding that continue to the present day. Despite being buried in the rubble of 2 World Trade Center after its collapse, Mr. Lombardi helped rescue efforts. Within hours he was at the Port Authority Emergency Operations Center in Jersey City, where he and others worked around the clock to restore vital transportation services and oversee the rescue and recovery efforts. He is currently applying his extensive experience in a prominent role in the renaissance of Lower Manhattan.

\"All of the honorees are being recognized for their outstanding dedication and support of the Regional Alliance over past years,\" said Earle J. Walker, the Regional Alliance’s Executive Director.
Others to be honored at the luncheon are:

Dennis Yap, P.E., of Port Washington, N.Y., President of DY Consultants, who will receive the Contractor of the Year Award.

Eduardo L. Irigaray of Scotch Plains, N.J., President of S&J Electric Contractors Corp., who will receive the Trade Contractor of the Year Award.

Henry Estrada of Riverdale, N.Y., First Vice President of Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc., who will receive the Authur Pearlroth Trailblazer of the Year Award.

Vincent Iannelli of Brooklyn, N.Y., President of Iannelli Construction Co., Inc., who will receive the Private Partner of the Year Award.

NJ Transit, which will receive the Public Partner of the Year Award.

Bennie Hadnott, MBA, CPA, of Teaneck, N.J., Managing Partner, Watson & Rice LLP, who will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Keynote Speaker will be U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel, of New York’s 15th Congressional District. The Master of Ceremonies will be Darryl Dennard, producer of the television program \"Minority Business Report.\" The Dance Theatre of Harlem will provide entertainment. The ticket price is $225. For more information about the luncheon call Paola Camargo at 212 268-2991.

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors was created in 1991 through a partnership between public and private organizations in the construction industry, under the leadership of the Port Authority. Its purpose is to help small, minority- and women-owned businesses improve their ability to compete for construction-related contracts in the New York/New Jersey area. The Alliance provides financial, technical, management
and marketing support; promotes policies that strengthen the regional construction industry; and works to increase the representation of minorities and women in ownership and management positions at participating firms.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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