CUOMO ANNOUNCES CONFIRMATIONS OF PORT AUTHORITY COMMISSIONERS

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State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: June 20, 2013 
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES CONFIRMATIONS OF PORT AUTHORITY COMMISSIONERS           
Former NY Secretary of State Basil Paterson and Former Deputy Mayor of New York 
City Kenneth Lipper Confirmed to Serve as Port Authority Commissioners 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the confirmations of Basil A. Paterson 
and Kenneth Lipper to serve as Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York 
and New Jersey (PANYNJ) by the New York State Senate.                            
“The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plays a critical role for the 
downstate economy and I know Basil and Ken will be exceptional additions to its 
Board of Commissioner,” Governor Cuomo said. “I applaud them both on their 
confirmations and look forward to having them help guide Port Authority as it 
continues to upgrade its vast infrastructure in the most cost-effective way 
possible.”  
Basil A. Paterson said, “I thank Governor Cuomo for giving me the opportunity 
to return to the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners. I look forward to 
serving with my fellow Commissioners, and am dedicated to enhancing the 
services of the Port Authority as it strives to help the region move smoother 
than ever before.”  
Kenneth Lipper said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for giving me the 
opportunity to serve on the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners. The 
Governor has made great progress in restoring the competence of state 
government over the past three years. I am honored to join the Port Authority’s 
Board and look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to build a 
stronger, better, and more efficient Port Authority for the people of New York 
and New Jersey.”  
"Governor Cuomo has selected two exceptional individuals to serve on the Port 
Authority Board of Commissioners,” said Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “The 
combined experience of Basil Paterson and Kenneth Lipper in real estate, 
finance and labor issues will of great benefit as we continue to make critical 
reforms at organization, as well as move forward with an ambitious capital plan 
to restore our region’s infrastructure, bring our airports into the 21st 
Century with a new Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport, complete the 
rebuilding of Lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site and build a new 
Goethals Bridge in the coming years."  
“I welcome Commissioners Paterson and Lipper to the Port Authority as we work 
to meet the goals laid out by Governor Cuomo,” said Port Authority Executive 
Director Pat Foye. “Their expertise will be vital as we continue to transform 
the agency and return to our core mission of building and operating critical 
transportation infrastructure and serving as an economic engine for the 
region.”  
Basil Alexander Paterson is a member of the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English 
& Klein and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor practice.  
Mr. Paterson is a Harlem native and former New York State Senator, having first 
been elected in 1965. A former New York City Deputy Mayor for Labor Relations 
and Personnel, he was appointed as New York’s first African American Secretary 
of State in 1979. He previously served on the Port Authority’s Board of 
Commissioners from 1989 to 1995. Mr. Paterson has also taught at the State 
University of New York at New Paltz, Fordham University School of Education, 
and Hunter College. He is a double alumnus of St. John’s University in Queens.  
Kenneth Lipper brings years of experience in public and private sector 
management and investment banking to the Port Authority. Since 1987 he has 
served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lipper & Co. LLC, an 
investment management and investment banking firm. He is has also been a 
Director of CNH Global NV, a leading agricultural and construction equipment 
company since 1996.  
Previously, Mr. Lipper was Executive Vice President and Senior Adviser of the 
leading global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. He also served as Advisor 
and Deputy Mayor to New York City under Mayor Ed Koch, and is a former adjunct 
professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public 
Affairs. 
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