Press Release Article


Date: Apr 14, 2005
Press Release Number: 38-2005

Twenty-seven police officers and supervisors will be promoted next month to higher ranks – the second largest number elevated at one time in the 76-year history of the Port Authority Police.

The promotions – to be made during a May 6 ceremony – will strengthen the ranks of leadership for the 1,600-member department on post-9/11 security issues at the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals, seaport and PATH rapid-transit system. The police department previously promoted 59 new supervisors on January 24, 2003.

Police officers being promoted include David Lim, a 19-year veteran who was credited with rescuing hundreds of people from the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. The 27 promotions include 15 new sergeants, 10 new lieutenants and two new detectives.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “These men and women have shown through their hard work and determination that they are ready to serve as leaders as our agency confronts new security challenges. Our world has changed dramatically since September 11, 2001, and these new supervisors will help us to provide an even greater level of security for the hundreds of thousands of customers who use our transportation facilities each day.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “The members of our police force have shown tremendous resilience after losing 37 of their own on 9/11. The officers we will promote have excelled during these times of heightened awareness and security and have exhibited the professionalism and leadership skills we need to maintain our force as one of the top law enforcement agencies in the country.”

Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. said, “I’m extremely proud to recognize such a fine group of individuals who will help lead our department into the future. These men and women have displayed outstanding decision-making skills, and they will be great role models for the officers they will be assigned to supervise.”

The new supervisors will help to oversee a police force that has grown by more than 300 officers since September 11, 2001, as it addresses security issues at the Port Authority’s high-profile transportation facilities.

In addition to traditional law enforcement responsibilities, Port Authority Police officers receive extensive training in responding to air crashes, protecting maritime ports and the use of portable heart defibrillators. They also are schooled in counterterrorism techniques.

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 and Bus Station; 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 New York Container 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.

Following is a list of members of the Port Authority Police Department who will be promoted on May 6:

Sgt. Joseph Garcia of Lincoln Park, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. Richard Ruiz of Massapequa, N.Y., to lieutenant
Sgt. Coretta Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y., to lieutenant
Sgt. Brian Toohey of Rockaway, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. Kevin Murphy of Hazlet, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. Patric Mangieri of West Orange, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. Richard Munnelly of Toms River, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. Robert Greff of Lincoln Park, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. William Gutch of Wayne, N.J., to lieutenant
Sgt. William McCauley of Manorville, N.Y., to lieutenant

Police Officer Kyu-Sae Rhee of Edison, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer David Lim of Lynbrook, N.Y., to sergeant
Police Officer Alfred Breland of Effort, PA., to sergeant
Police Officer Raul Morales of Staten Island, N.Y., to sergeant
Police Officer Steven Way of Yonkers, N.Y., to sergeant
Police Officer Michelle Serrano of Lyndhurst, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer George Santiago of Keyport, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer Joseph Carrigan of Hicksville, N.Y., to sergeant
Police Officer Richard Mancuso of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., to sergeant
Police Officer Tibor Toth of East Brunswick, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer Joseph Mallon of New Rochelle, N.Y., to sergeant
Police Officer John Collis of Verona, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer Steven Rotolo of Haledon, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer Thomas Toht of Jamesburg, N.J., to sergeant
Police Officer Silfredo Rivera of Sayreville, N.J., to sergeant

Police Officer Kevin Rabino of St. Albans, N.Y., to detective
Police Officer James Wyler of Ringwood, N.J., to detective

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