Press Release Article


Date: May 16, 2005
Press Release Number: 58-2005

Steve Cromity, Port Authority Manager of Contract Compliance in the agency’s Engineering Department, has been awarded the 2005 National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Award. The award was presented to Mr. Cromity at the 35th annual BAI Awards Dinner hosted each year by the Harlem YMCA.

The National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Award was created in 1971 to recognize African-Americans who have made outstanding contributions in business and their communities.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We recommended Steve for this award to acknowledge the dedication, commitment and professionalism he has demonstrated throughout his 25 years of service to this agency and the region.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “Among his many outstanding professional achievements, Steve was honored for his invaluable participation in the creation and development of programs and procedures that ensure that minority-owned and women-owned business can successfully compete for construction contracts with the Port Authority and other public and private organizations. This is a public service contribution and legacy that will benefit the region for years to come.”

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “Since the beginning of his career, Steve has brought all of his skills to bear to meet increasingly difficult challenges and responsibilities, greatly contributing to the accomplishment of the organization’s objectives. He is truly a dedicated career public servant.”

Port Authority Chief Engineer Francis L. Lombardi said, “Steve has a great gift for motivating people to get things done. This is evident by his ability to get highly competitive construction companies working together, mentoring smaller companies and sharing skills and ideas for the good of the region.”

As Manager of Contract Compliance in the agency’s engineering department since 1999, Mr. Cromity has the responsibility of developing programs and procedures ensuring the participation of minority-owned and women-owned business firms in the agency’s construction program. Since 2002, these responsibilities have included directing the Port Authority’s Mentor-Protégé Program. The program helps certified minority- and women-owned construction firms improve their management, organization and construction skills, bolstering their ability to compete for construction contracts. Some of the region’s largest construction companies participate in this program, including Perini Construction Corporation, Skanska USA Builders Inc., and Turner Construction Corporation.

Mr. Cromity is an active member of Community Board 14 in Queens, an ordained deacon at the First Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an accomplished jazz vocalist with a recently released CD. He lives in Far Rockaway, N.Y., with his wife, Lettie. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

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 three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the 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.

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