Press Release Article


Date: Sep 20, 2006
Press Release Number: 70-2006

The Port Authority will be honored along with other construction and transportation organizations at the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors Awards Luncheon at the Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers – Pier 61, on Monday, September 25.

Lash Green, the Port Authority’s General Manager of Small Business Programs, will accept the Public Partner of the Year Award on behalf of the agency.

“For more than 14 years, the Port Authority has been a powerful ally in our efforts to provide small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses with technical, financial and marketing training and support services to ensure their success. This award recognizes these efforts to help to level the playing field for these companies and help them to succeed,” said Earle J. Walker, the Regional Alliance’s Executive Director.

“All of the honorees are being recognized for their outstanding dedication and support of the Regional Alliance over the years, as well as for their own accomplishments in their respective fields,” Mr. Walker added.

The other honorees are:

  • Ricardo R. Rivera of Ideal Construction, who will receive the Contractor of the Year Award.

  • Bernadette S. Jeronimo of JCF Electric, Inc., who will receive the Trade Contractor of the Year Award.

  • Richard Smyth of JetBlue Airways, who will receive the Private Partner of the Year Award.

  • Joy Chrichlow of Con Edison, who will receive the Arthur Pearlroth Trailblazer of the Year Award.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Gregory A. Meeks of New York’s 6th Congressional District. The guest of honor will be Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr.

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors was created in 1991 through a partnership between public and private organizations in the construction industry, under the leadership of the Port Authority. Its purpose is to help small, minority- and women-owned businesses improve their ability to compete for construction-related contracts in the New York/New Jersey area. The alliance provides financial, technical, management and marketing support, and promotes policies that strengthen the regional construction industry.

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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