Press Release Article


Date: Jul 21, 2017
Press Release Number: 140-2017

Jeffrey H. Lynford, the senior New York commissioner, was chosen this week by the Port Authority's Board of Commissioners to be the Port Authority's new vice chairman.

Lynford, who was first appointed to the board in June 2011 by Gov. Cuomo and reappointed two years later, will serve in a leadership role with Chairman John Degnan in his new capacity as vice chairman.

"I look forward to furthering the transportation investments critical to this region in my new role and overseeing the agency's recently adopted record $32 billion10-year capital plan," said Vice Chairman Lynford. "I also am excited about our recently appointed commissioners from New York and New Jersey, who will increase the diversity on the board and add a wide range of experience from the private sector."

Vice Chairman Lynford, is President and CEO of Educational Housing Services, Inc., a leading not-for-profit New York City organization that has offered safe and affordable housing for college students and interns since 1987.

Co-founder of the Wellsford group of public and private real-estate companies, Vice Chairman Lynford served as chairman of three exchange-listed corporations during his career on Wall Street and held senior investment banking positions.

Additionally, Vice Chairman Lynford was a trustee/director on the boards of S.E.C. reporting corporations, mutual funds and non-profit organizations, with an expertise in capital formation and corporate governance "best practices."

Vice Chairman Lynford and his wife Tondra, a trustee of the Anderson Foundation for Autism, have a daughter with autism and are active advocates for autism awareness.

Prior to his stint on the Port Authority Board, Vice Chairman Lynford served as a gubernatorial appointee on the New York State Council on the Arts and the Trust for Governors Island, and currently serves on the boards of New York University and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He holds three degrees, a BA in history from SUNY Buffalo, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law.

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