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PORT AUTHORITY TO UNDERTAKE MAJOR INITIATIVE TO LOCATE OWNERS OF PHOTOS RECOVERED FROM WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE

Date: Jan 07, 2005
Press Release Number: 1-2005

The Port Authority is launching a Web site where images of approximately 8,000 personal photos recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001, can be reviewed as part of a process to determine the owners of the photos.

Beginning on January 18, family members of the deceased victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center will be able to visit the limited-access Web site, which will be password protected. Family members will receive a letter from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. within the next two weeks providing instructions on how to access the Web site. Employees of former World Trade Center tenants will be provided similar access later this year.

The Web site will contain images of the restored photos that were collected after September 11, 2001, from the World Trade Center site. After being recovered, the photos were restored by Kodak employees. Each image – most are personal photographs that people had in their offices – has an identifying number on it.

The photos are in the custody of the New York Police Department, which will handle claims for the photos as they are identified by families and former tenants.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The tragedy that occurred on September 11 has left family members and other tenants looking for whatever mementos they can find that will remind them of the happier times that existed before that fateful day. Working closely with the NYPD and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., we want to reunite these photos with their owners. I am proud of the hard work and cooperation that occurred between the Port Authority and the NYPD to make this happen.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “Working together with the NYPD and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., we believe we have come up with an appropriate and sensitive way to provide people with the ability to identify cherished photos. At the same time, our Web site will ensure the privacy of those who worked in the World Trade Center is protected.”

Lillian Valenti, Chief of the Port Authority’s Office of Medical Services, said, “For the families of those who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center and for survivors of the attacks, the grieving process continues. We strongly believe that recovering photos that once filled office desks and walls in Trade Center offices will greatly help families who lost loved ones as they face daily reminders of what occurred on that day.”

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; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; 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 Port Authority 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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