Levin Recommended as Exec. Director of Port Authority

April 2, 2001

New York Gov. George Pataki and Acting New Jersey Gov. Donald DiFrancesco have recommended New York State Insurance Superintendent Neil Levin to succeed Robert Boyle as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Levin, whose appointment must be approved by the Port Authority’s board of commissioners, has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and has previously served as the Superintendent of the New York State Banking Department.

“I look forward to working with Neil Levin to further the mission of the Port Authority, which is to promote economic development in the NY/NJ region,” said acting Governor DiFrancesco. “When I met with Neil last week, I was very encouraged by his recognition that the PA is an equal partnership between New York and New Jersey that benefits the entire region.”

“I am committed to the belief that the Port Authority is a powerful economic development tool for our region,” said DiFrancesco. “I am confident that Neil shares that belief and will bring that view to the table as the Port Authority begins work on an exciting 5-year capital plan, which, together with New Jersey’s own transportation investments will create jobs, improvement the movement of goods and reduce travel time.”

“Neil Levin has done an outstanding job as the head of our Insurance and Banking departments and he has a proven track record as a leader who knows how to get things done,” Governor Pataki said. “With his tremendous managerial skills and extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, I know that Neil Levin will do a superb job as the next Executive Director of the Port Authority.

“Neil Levin will build upon the many contributions made by Executive Director Bob Boyle and will help us further our commitment to improving the vital services the Port Authority provides to millions of New Yorkers,” Governor Pataki said. “I look forward to working with him as we move forward with the most ambitious capital plan in the history of the Port Authority.” Pending approval by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Superintendent Levin will succeed outgoing Executive Director Robert E. Boyle as head of the Authority, whose mission is to identify and meet the critical transportation infrastructure needs of the bi-state region.

Superintendent Levin said, “I welcome the support of Governor Pataki and Acting Governor DiFrancesco and I look forward to continuing Executive Director Bob Boyle’s impressive record of accomplishment at the Port Authority. I am committed to enhancing the Authority’s all-important focus on customer service and to moving forward with the successful completion of the current $9.5 billion five-year capital plan.

“As Executive Director, I will dedicate myself to advancing the Authority’s efforts to strengthen our transportation infrastructure, to promote additional commerce and economic growth, and to improve the quality of life for millions of citizens throughout New York City, New York State and the State of New Jersey,” Levin said.

Levin was appointed Insurance Superintendent in 1997, following his successful tenure as Superintendent of Banks.

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