Press Release Article


Date: Dec 16, 2004
Press Release Number: 159-2004

Program Helps New York and New Jersey Residents Find Jobs
In the Commercial Aviation Industry

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia announced today that the Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved more than $1.6 million in funding for the Council for Airport Opportunity, which provides job recruitment and placement services for residents of the areas surrounding John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. The money will be used to fund the program’s operations through 2005.

During the past year, the CAO found jobs for 629 New Yorkers and 808 New Jersey residents. Since its creation in 1972, this organization has helped more than 26,000 residents of New York City and New Jersey prepare for and obtain aviation-related jobs.

“The purpose of the CAO is to assist minority and disadvantaged residents of Queens and Newark in finding employment opportunities with airport-related businesses,” Chairman Coscia said. “The CAO provides job seekers with readiness counseling, career orientation, interviewing skills and job-search techniques. It also sponsors a summer youth employment program that provides work experience opportunities for area youth.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “Programs like this create employment opportunities for local residents and demonstrate the agency’s appreciation to the communities that host our airports. This program helped 1,437 New Yorkers and New Jerseyans find employment in 2004, and we want to make sure that the CAO can continue to provide this important service to our host communities.”

Newark Mayor Sharpe James said, “We are delighted to learn that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is providing job recruitment and placement services for Newark residents and others at Newark Liberty International Airport and other airports in our area. It is a highly successful example of how public-private partnerships have brought jobs, opportunities, and prosperity to our city and our residents. We welcome this continued support of the Council for Airport Opportunity and its creative approaches, and urge Newark residents to take full advantage of the programs CAO offers.”

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said, “It makes good sense for the communities that bear the impacts of our borough’s airports to benefit from the economic opportunities they also provide. I thank the Port Authority for increasing opportunities for local businesses and residents.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include 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 is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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