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KENNEDY AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER ALFRED J. GRASER HONORED BY AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES; AVIATION DEPARTMENT SENIOR MANAGER JEANNE M. OLIVIER ELECTED TO AAAE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Date: May 14, 2003
Press Release Number: 64-2003

Alfred J. Graser, a 34-year veteran of the Port Authority, received the American Association of Airport Executives’ Distinguished Service Award at the association’s 75th Annual Conference and Exposition recently held in Los Angeles. At the same meeting, Jeanne M. Olivier, who has been with the Port Authority for 19 years, was elected to the AAAE’s Board of Directors.

The AAAE’s Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term service to the association. Mr. Graser, the General Manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport, has more than 25 years of experience in management, operations, maintenance and security positions at both New York airports, including a stint as general manager of LaGuardia Airport. He is an accredited member of the AAAE and has served as Chairman of the AAAE Safety, Security and Technical Committee, and as president of the association’s Northeast chapter. Mr. Graser also represents the Port Authority and AAAE at meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration. He is a resident of Port Washington, N.Y.

As a board member for the AAAE, Ms. Olivier’s duties will include approving and setting association policies, including federal affairs issues, as well as management oversight of the financial and business affairs of the organization. Ms. Olivier, Senior Manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security Planning for the Port Authority Aviation Department, is an accredited member of the AAAE and a past president of the association’s Northeast chapter. She held management positions at LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark and Teterboro airports prior to her present position. In addition to her work with the Port Authority, Ms. Olivier frequently contributes to industry-wide research and policy efforts, serving on special committees of the FAA, TSA, AAAE and other agencies. She is a resident of Plainsboro, N.J.

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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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