Press Release Article

Statement from Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton and the Port Authority Board of Commissioners on the Passing of 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa

Date: Jul 12, 2019
Press Release Number: 116-2019

“We are extremely saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of Héctor Figueroa, who advocated tirelessly on behalf of working people and so many who lacked a voice. Héctor's leadership was critical to our historic enactment last year of the $19 minimum wage for airport workers. His legacy will include the difference this makes in so many lives as well as the enduring benefits it will bring to all passengers who pass through our airports. We extend our most heartfelt sympathies to Héctor's wife, Deirdre, his two children, Eric and Elena, and his extended family at 32BJ.”

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