Press Release Article


Date: Oct 05, 2015
Press Release Number: 149-2015

George Anderson brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to his new position securing the World Trade Center site

The Port Authority announced today that George Anderson - a 30-year veteran of the New York City Police Department - was hired as the agency's new Director of World Trade Center Security.

In his new position, Mr. Anderson will oversee all Port Authority security operations at the World Trade Center site. His responsibilities include developing and implementing security programs, technology and policy solutions that will enhance the safety of the public, tenants and staff at the site.

"George is a world-class professional having handled high-profile security assignments while with the NYPD, including the New York City Marathon, while also commanding the NYPD's Police Academy, where he oversaw a staff of 579 uniformed and civilian staff responsible for all of the department's training," said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore. "We welcome George to the team and I'm confident that his training, experience and dedication will serve us well in protecting one of the nation's most important sites."

During his 30 years with the NYPD, Mr. Anderson rose through the ranks to become an Assistant Chief. In his most recent assignment, Mr. Anderson served as Assistant Chief in the NYPD's Patrol Services Bureau, the NYPD's largest bureau encompassing almost 22,000 uniformed and civilian members of all ranks. In addition to his five years overseeing the Police Academy, Mr. Anderson also served as Executive Officer of the NYPD's Personnel Bureau, overseeing all activities of the Personnel Bureau and its subunits.

After retiring from the NYPD, Mr. Anderson served as Vice President of Operations-Manhattan for Allied Barton Security Services, the largest American-owned contract security services company in the United States. His responsibilities included managing the company's contract for security programs at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports, as well as the World Trade Center site. Allied assumed responsibilities for the Port Authority's aviation facilities in September 2013, and took over the responsibilities for the WTC site in June 2014.

Mr. Anderson also is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is the current Vice Chairman of the New York City Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security International.

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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