Press Release Article


Date: Feb 27, 2006
Press Release Number: 1096-2006

More Than $1.6 Million Allocated to Help New York and New Jersey Residents Find Jobs In the Commercial Aviation Industry

The Port Authority announced today that it will spend more than $1.6 million to fund the Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO), a program that provides job recruitment and placement services for residents of the areas surrounding John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. The allocation will fund the program\'s operations through 2006.

Last year, the CAO found employment for 923 New Jersey residents and 696 New Yorkers. The types of jobs include management, aircraft maintenance, ground operations, flight attendants, food services and passenger services.

\"2005 was a record setting year for passenger travel at our airports and we expect this positive trend to continue,\" Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said. \"The Council for Airport Opportunity is an important organization that prepares and assists minority and disadvantaged residents living near our airports in gaining employment, and it provides our airports with a first-rate workforce as we endeavor to provide world-class service in a growing industry.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"Since its creation in 1972, the Council for Airport Opportunity has assisted more than 32,000 residents in New York and

New Jersey in preparing and obtaining jobs in the aviation field. The Port Authority has a responsibility to provide opportunities for those who live near our airports, which is why it is crucial that we continue to provide funding for this worthwhile program.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, \"The Port Authority is pleased to work with the cities of New York and Newark, the air carriers and the Federal Aviation Administration to support the Council for Airport Opportunity in its important mission. Last year it assisted more than 1,600 people who live near our airports obtain jobs in our host communities.\"

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said, \"This funding for the Council is an investment in the future of area residents who share their neighborhoods with some of the world\'s busiest airports. This symbiotic relationship is a good one that will reap additional benefits generated by these dollars. All parties will participate in the rewards of this job placement program that clearly works.\"

Newark Mayor Sharpe James, \"We are delighted to know that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is continuing to provide job recruitment and placement services for Newark residents and others at Newark Liberty International Airport and other airports in our area. Last year\'s program was a highly successful example of how public-private partnerships have brought jobs, opportunities, and prosperity to our city and our residents. This year\'s program will continue the progress. I urge Newark residents to take full advantage of the programs CAO offers.\"

\"We commend the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for not only creating jobs for local residents but more importantly for proving training and instruction,\" said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage. \"The Council for Airport Opportunity has done a great job in assisting area residents find employment in the ever-expanding industry of aviation. I encourage our residents to take advantage of the many programs the CAO has to offer and begin a career full of wonderful opportunities.\"

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 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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