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A New Director for the Port Authority

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On Tuesday, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Anthony Coscia, expressed interest in taking over the Moynihan Station project – an idea proposed by Senator Schumer a few weeks back. “We believe the Port Authority is well positioned to help (the) Moynihan Station project move from architectural drawings to construction. We have financial capacity and technical know-how, and we have a proud history of building major transportation projects in the region,” Coscia said.

Today, the New York Times reports that Christopher O. Ward, currently the managing director of the General Contractors Association of New York (member of the Friends of Moynihan Station), will likely replace Anthony E. Shorris as executive director of the Port Authority. A bit of background on Ward from the Times:

Mr. Ward was tapped in 2002 by a newly elected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to become the city’s commissioner of environmental protection, a job he held for about three years. Mr. Ward is currently the managing director of the General Contractors Association of New York, a trade group…In his previous tenure at the Port Authority, Mr. Ward was involved in devising the Port’s master plans for New York Harbor.

We will certainly have more information and analysis of the possibility of PANYNJ taking over the project as it develops.

Read “Port Authority Chief Resigns,” by Ken Belson and Danny Hakim for The New York Times