Press Release Article


Date: Sep 29, 2017
Press Release Number: 178-2017

Port, Aviation and PAPD staff set to depart JFK Friday morning

The Port Authority will hold a media availability at 6 a.m. Friday, September 29, at John F. Kennedy International Airport prior to its deployment of more than 70 agency staffers to assist storm-damaged Puerto Rico, following massive devastation from Hurricane Maria.

The availability will be held at JetBlue’s Terminal 5, pre-security at the Lower Level Arrivals baggage claim area. Media must park at Terminal 4/5’s Blue Lot. No terminal frontage parking will be available.

The Port Authority is sending staff from its Aviation Department to help counterparts at San Juan International Airport and other airfields resume full flight operations. Port Department staff will be dispatched to assist in damage assessments at the Port of San Juan to help get shipping commerce back in operation. The Port Authority Police also will send officers to help support security initiatives, as well as Office of Emergency Management staff to assist in the Commonwealth.

The Port Authority team’s deployment to Puerto Rico is part of the Port Authority’s efforts to assist those in need in Puerto Rico, an effort that also includes a donation drive for non-perishable goods, coordination of business donations to local charities and efforts to provide medical supplies and personnel to the island.

Media planning to attend the availability should respond to Alana Calmi at by 10 p.m. tonight.

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