Press Release Article


Date: Feb 08, 2007
Press Release Number: 12-2007

Douglas Stearns, Manager of Airport Operations at LaGuardia Airport, was named winner of the Armbrust Aviation Group’s Award for Excellence in Airport Safety, presented annually to an airport manager who strives to provide the safest possible operating environment.

Port Authority Director of Aviation William R. DeCota said, “Doug is a dynamic leader and a smart manager. He contributes on all fronts, whether it’s his innovative snow and ice control strategy that maximizes efficiency and ensures continuous operations, or his devotion to ensuring LaGuardia’s customers get the very best service possible, or being responsive to the needs of the local community. We’re honored that he was recognized for his efforts.”

Mr. Stearns began his career at the Port Authority in 2002. Before joining the management team at LaGuardia Airport, he was a senior airport engineer in the bistate agency’s Aviation Department. Mr. Stearns is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and also has worked in the private sector as a flight test engineer.

“It’s a great honor, and one that I share with the entire staff at LaGuardia,” Mr. Stearns said. “I’m fortunate to work with a stellar group of aviation professionals. They’re the people who get it done every day for the 26 million travelers who use LaGuardia Airport each year, and I’m proud to work with them.”

The Port Authority’s ongoing efforts to ensure its airports are as safe and secure as possible are reflected in a number of initiatives and technologies, including the development and installation of arrestor beds at the ends of airport runways, a technology created in part by the Port Authority and first used at John F. Kennedy International Airport; installation of enhanced runway and taxiway lights and markings; state-of-the-art perimeter intrusion detection systems; and increased training for operational awareness.

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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