At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners took the following actions:
- Adopted a policy that will require contractors bidding on Port Authority non-trade labor service contracts to provide their full-time employees and their families with not less than an established basic level of health-insurance coverage at no cost to the employee, while ensuring that employees receive appropriate wages. Those covered under the policy include cleaning services, security guards, parking lot operators, ground transportation services, customer service representatives, taxi dispatching services and landscaping services. The new policy will cover approximately 1,600 workers that do not currently have coverage.
- Authorized $17.1 million for a number of capital improvements at Stewart International Airport, including two projects intended to alleviate the parking shortage and improve access to the airport. The improvements will include a $7.5 million project to realign and improve the connection from Interstate 84 to the on-airport roadway system and create approximately 1,300 additional parking spaces.
- Authorized an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration and Delta Air Lines to facilitate the replacement of the existing in-line baggage screening system at Delta’s Main Terminal at LaGuardia Airport at an estimated cost of $18 million.
- Authorized a five-year lease extension with the United States Postal Service for Building 345 at Newark Liberty International Airport.
- Authorized a lease amendment with the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey to allow a satellite training facility to operate on its site to provide for social services such as job training and other activities.
- Authorized a 10-year lease extension with Harbor Freight Transport Corp. for Building 301 and associated open area at Port Newark to operate an import/export and overweight and oversized cargo storage and distribution facility.
- Authorized $2.2 million in funding to support new transportation services that assist in traffic flow control at certain Port Authority facilities, including $2 million for buses to serve a new route that will cross the Bayonne Bridge to link Staten Island with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail terminal in Bayonne.
- Authorized a three-year agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under which the Port Authority will manage and administer a $14.9 million federal port security grant to supplement regional security programs.