PANYNJ Logo
About the Port Authority
 
 
Board of Commissioners

Chairman
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2011
Appointed by: R. J. Codey

Anthony R. Coscia was appointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in April 2003. As Chairman, Mr. Coscia has broad oversight responsibility in connection with the agency's various transportation businesses and $5.9 billion annual capital and operating budget. He spearheaded the agency's adoption of a $29.5 billion ten year capital plan, which provides for substantial expansion of the region's transportation facilities, including development of a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel, expanded aviation facilities and rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site.

Mr. Coscia is a Partner of Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, one of the New York region's oldest law firms, and holds a seat on its Executive Committee. He has specific experience in the area of corporate, financial and real estate transactions. From February 1992 to March 2003, Mr. Coscia served as Chair of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. He serves as a trustee of the New Jersey Network Foundation, New Jersey Community Development Corporation and the Liberty Science Center Foundation, and is a member of the Partnership for New York City and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees. Mr. Coscia is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received his law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law. He was awarded an honorary degree in 2007 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has served on the board of public and closely held corporations in the financial services, manufacturing and real estate sectors.

 
  
 
Vice-Chairman
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2011
Appointed by: G. E. Pataki

Henry Silverman was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in June 2002 by Governor Pataki. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the agency in May 2007. Mr. Silverman is Senior Advisor to affiliates of Apollo Global Management, a leading private equity and capital markets investor. From 1990 to 2007, Mr. Silverman served as Chairman and CEO of Cendant Corporation and its predecessor and successor. Cendant was a “Fortune 100” company and the largest global provider of consumer business services within the travel and residential real estate sectors prior to its separation into several new companies in 2006. He currently serves as an Executive Committee member of the Business Roundtable. He is also a trustee of New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center, a Director of the NYU Child Study Center, a member of JP Morgan's National Advisory Board, and non-executive Chairman to Realogy Corporation. Mr. Silverman graduated from Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a legal officer in the US Navy Reserve. Mr. Silverman was awarded the American Heritage Award from the Anti-Defamation League for lifetime achievement in fighting discrimination and was honored for his efforts to promote diversity in the workplace by the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

  
 
Commissioner, New Jersey
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2012
Appointed by: J. S. Corzine

Virginia S. Bauer was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in June 2007 by Governor Corzine.

Previously, Ms. Bauer served as CEO and Secretary of the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission from December 2004 to July 2007. In her role as Commerce Secretary, Ms. Bauer was the state's lead advocate for business - from strengthening New Jersey's business attraction and retention programs to managing the Urban Enterprise Zone Program and maintaining the Garden State's standing in the global marketplace to promoting the state as a premier vacation destination.

She worked with fellow Cabinet officers to resolve businesses regulatory disputes, identify appropriate job creation incentives, and obtain financing. In particular, she formed a job creation partnership, "New Jersey Works for You," with the Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Ms. Bauer is the former Director of the New Jersey Lottery. Under her leadership, the agency achieved a $2.2 billion sales year in Fiscal 2004, the Lottery's best sales year ever.

Ms. Bauer, a widow of a New Jersey victim of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, is a mother of three from Red Bank, NJ. She has been a key activist on behalf of the families of the 9/11 victims, after her husband David, a Cantor Fitzgerald employee, was killed in the World Trade Center.

  
 
Commissioner, New York
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2008
Appointed by: G. E. Pataki

Bruce A. Blakeman was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by Governor George Pataki in 2001. Mr. Blakeman is a Member of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP. Previously, he was a partner in the law firm of Robert M. Blakeman & Associates in Valley Stream, New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Nassau Lawyers' Association of Long Island, Inc. and is also President of Madison Strategies, Ltd., a strategic consulting firm. Mr. Blakeman was elected to the Nassau County Legislature and served as its Presiding Officer and Majority Leader from 1996 to 1999. Prior thereto, Mr. Blakeman served as Councilman on the Hempstead Town Board. In 1998, Mr. Blakeman was the Republican candidate for State Comptroller.

Mr. Blakeman is a member of the Board of Directors of North Sea Insurance Company, a property and casualty company licensed in New York, New Jersey and several other states. He previously served on the Board of Directors of ACCPAC, a Silicon Valley software company where he served on the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. Blakeman was President of the Tobacco Settlement Local Development Corporation controlling $78 Million in tobacco settlement funds for Nassau County from 1999 to August, 2004.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Mr. Blakeman holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law and a Certificate in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University. He also was an adjunct assistant professor of Business Law at Hofstra University.

Mr. Blakeman is a frequent commentator and panelist for topics such as homeland security, law, government, politics and transportation in a variety of media outlets, including Fox News Network, CNBC, WLIW (PBS) and Court TV.

  
 
Commissioner, New York
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2010
Appointed by: G. E. Pataki

Michael J. Chasanoff was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by Governor Pataki in April 1999. He is founder and Managing Partner of Chasanoff Properties, a real estate development firm, and formerly was Director of the Frontier Insurance Company. Mr. Chasanoff served as a Director of the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Mr. Chasanoff has also been a Director of several harness racing entities through the years, including the Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the Board of the Cardiovascular Institute of Mount Sinai Medical Center. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.

  
 
Commissioner, New York
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2007
Appointed by: G. E. Pataki

Christine Ferer was appointed by Governor George Pataki to the Board of Commissioners in June 2004. Ms. Ferer is currently the Chairman and CEO of Vidicom/Citybuzz a media services firm that produces and distributes broadcast and web programming for media outlets, not for profit organizations and corporations which she founded in 1982. Ms. Ferer currently serves on the boards of the 92nd Street Y, Association for a Better New York, The Jacob Javits Convention Center, and Global Green USA. Ms. Ferer received her Masters Degree in Urban Affairs at Boston University.

  
 
Commissioner, New York
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2012
Appointed by: D.A. Paterson

H. Sidney Holmes III was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in May 2008 by Governor Paterson. Mr. Holmes is a Corporate Partner in Winston & Strawn LLP in New York, with more than 28 years of experience in the area of public finance. Mr. Holmes is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee Advisory Group and Partner Compensation Committee.

Mr. Holmes has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and bank counsel in virtually every type of municipal bond financing throughout the United States and its territories. He has extensive experience in industrial and economic development revenue bond financing. He has served as counsel on hospital facilities financings, solid waste disposal facilities financings, electric generating facilities financings, cogeneration facilities financings, transportation facilities financings, and sports facilities financings.

Mr. Holmes also has represented a number of foreign and domestic banks as credit and liquidity providers of municipal debt. He has served as bond counsel, bank counsel, and counsel to the underwriters in transactions involving variable rate bonds, swaps, and other derivative products. His representative clients include state and local governmental agencies and major financial institutions.

Mr. Holmes is also a board member of the New York Urban League, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

Mr. Holmes received a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

  
 
Commissioner, New York
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2009
Appointed by: G. E. Pataki

David Mack is a senior partner of the Mack Company, a real estate development firm. He was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by Governor Pataki in August 1997. He devotes his time to a number of organizations including the UJA of Greater New York, Israel Bonds, New York Holocaust Memorial Committee, Hofstra University, and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Foundation. He is a Board Member of the Palm Beach County United Way/Palm Beach Community Chest and Palm Beach Civic Association. He has also served in numerous political and public service jobs as well, most recently as a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as Vice Chairman.

  
 
Commissioner, New Jersey
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2009
Appointed by: J. E. McGreevey

Raymond Pocino was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in June 2002 by Governor McGreevey. Mr. Pocino is a 50-year member of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA). He was appointed manager of LIUNA's Eastern Region Office in April 1995 and later won election as a LIUNA Vice President in September 1996. He was re-elected to a second five-year term as vice president at LIUNA's 22nd International Convention in September 2001. In his dual positions as Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager, Mr. Pocino directs and oversees activities that affect the working lives of some 40,000 laborers in the New Jersey, Delaware, New York City and Long Island geographical area. Previously, Mr. Pocino served four terms as President and Business Manager of Construction & General Laborers Local 172 in Trenton, NJ and four terms as a commissioner and chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Mr. Pocino also serves as Vice President of the NJ State AFL-CIO and serves as a trustee of both the NJ Alliance for Action and New Jersey SEED.

  
 
Commissioner, New Jersey
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2013
Appointed by: J. S. Corzine

Anthony J. Sartor was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in March 1999. His most recent reappointment to the Board was in January 2008 by Governor Corzine. Dr. Sartor is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of KeySpan Services Inc., (a National Grid Company) in Warren, New Jersey. Prior to his appointment to the Port Authority Board, he served from 1992 to 1999 as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. A pioneer in the environmental engineering field since the 1960s, Dr. Sartor received his Ph.D. and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering and his Bachelors degree from Manhattan College. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Science and Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, as well as many other national and international directories.

  
 
Commissioner, New Jersey
Current Term Expires: 7/01/2008
Appointed by: J. E. McGreevey

David S. Steiner was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by Governor McGreevey in January 2003. Mr. Steiner is currently the Chairman of Steiner Equities Group, LLC a real estate development firm specializing in industrial office parks and commercial facilities in New Jersey and 14 other states and based in Roseland, New Jersey. Mr. Steiner recently built Steiner Studios, an unprecedented 280,000 square foot, $118 million state-of-the-art film and television production facility, situated on a 15-acre site at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Mr. Steiner has worked with federal agencies such as the EPA and with Congressional committees and organized lobbying programs relating to land use regulation and industrial development. He is highly active in public service. Previously he served as vice president of the Washington Institute for Far East Policy. Mr. Steiner graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering.