Press Release Article


Date: Dec 15, 2003
Press Release Number: 164-2003

Agency Donates Money to Buy Presents for Underprivileged Children

The Port Authority is donating a total of $7,500 to three Bronx community organizations to help purchase holiday presents for approximately 700 children. The organizations – the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center Child Care Center, Family Preservation Program-Morrisania and 42nd Precinct Community Council – will present the gifts to the children at separate holiday celebrations.

“For more than 20 years, the Port Authority has given money to community groups throughout the New York region. This is a terrific opportunity for the Port Authority to show its appreciation to the communities that host and support its facilities, like Bathgate Industrial Park here in the Bronx,” said James Vanderburg, Manager of Bathgate Industrial Park. “It’s also a chance to bring big smiles to the faces of hundreds of children who might not otherwise share in the joy of the holiday season.”

Renee Nixon-Simmons, District Director of the Family Preservation Program-Morrisania said, “This donation is greatly appreciated. The money will be used during the holiday season to buy gifts and necessities desperately needed by underprivileged families living in this area.”

Verna Lee Judge, President of 42nd Precinct Community Council said, “Without the generous contributions of the Port Authority, our holiday program would not be successful. Over the years, Mr. Vanderburg and Port Authority have certainly demonstrated concern for the welfare of this community and its children.”

Marie J. Milillo, Educational Director of the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center Child Care Center, said, “We are extremely grateful to the Port Authority for its ongoing generosity and support to our center since inception. The agency’s contribution buys special gifts for our children, allowing them to experience the joy and magic of the season.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many 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 (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail 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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