Press Release Article


Date: Jan 25, 2007
Press Release Number: 7-2007

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the appointment of Anthony E. Shorris as the agency’s Executive Director.

Mr. Shorris had been a faculty member at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of the Policy Research Institute for the Region. New York Governor Eliot Spitzer nominated Mr. Shorris for the position. He succeeds former Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. Between 1991 and 1995, Mr. Shorris served as the Port Authority’s First Deputy Executive Director.

“I’m thrilled to be back at the Port Authority,” Mr. Shorris said. “This is our agency’s moment. We are engaged in the most epic construction project of our generation in Lower Manhattan.

“We are making thoughtful investments in our airports, ports, bridges, trains, tunnels and other facilities. And perhaps most importantly, we can look forward to a future in which our particular expertise in infrastructure development will be critical to our region’s continued economic and social well-being,” Mr. Shorris said.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We are privileged to have a new executive director with extensive management experience and in-depth knowledge of the Port Authority and the transportation network it oversees. The Board will work with Tony Shorris to advance the agency’s core mission to move people and goods and to provide a safe and secure environment for customers in this post-9/11 era.”

Prior to joining Princeton University, Mr. Shorris served as Deputy Chancellor for Operations and Policy at the New York City Board of Education – the nation’s largest school system – whose 140,000 employees serve the city’s one million students. He also served as New York City’s Commissioner of Finance under then-Mayor Edward I. Koch.

In the nonprofit sector, Mr. Shorris has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of a billion-dollar health care organization operating in New York and Pennsylvania, and has held positions on the boards of organizations focused on areas as diverse as leadership development, prisoner pre-entry and the delivery of local social services. He has also served as a consultant to governments, national and international foundations, and nonprofit organizations, offering advice on public finance, crisis management, tax policy, economic development, housing and infrastructure policy.

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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