Port Authority Deputy Chief of Employment and Labor Law Division, Richard D. Williams Jr., has been selected to receive the Governor of New York State’s Tribute to African-American Leaders of Excellence in State Service Award – one of the state’s highest honors for state and community service.
“In both his professional and private life, Rich Williams has proven to be a model public servant,” said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia. “Not only is he an excellent lawyer, he is also a first-rate private citizen dedicated to the betterment of his community, his country and the world at large.”
“I am very pleased that Governor Pataki has chosen Rich to receive this award. He came to the Port Authority as a law clerk and through dedication and commitment, he has become an extremely valuable member of our legal staff,” said Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. “In addition, he has found time to give a great deal back to his community by generously volunteering to work with community organizations.”
Mr. Williams began his career at the Port Authority in 1980. While working full time, he attended New York Law School at night, passed the Bar Exam in 1983, and became an attorney in the litigation division in 1984. He has served as a trial attorney, managed the agency’s Office of Inspector General and is now Deputy Chief of the Employment and Labor Law Division.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Williams teaches Sunday school, works with the NAACP and serves as a member of the Anti-Racism Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He also has served on the City of White Plains Management and Budget Advisory Committee and as an advisor to the Charles Campbell Committee for Justice.
He and his wife, Paula, reside in White Plains, N.Y. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
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 Downtown Manhattan Heliport; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; 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 self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.