PARA is the Port Authority
Retirees Association. Membership in PARA is open to all retirees and active
employees of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and of its
predecessor, The Port of New York Authority, including PATH.
Our mission is to serve PA
retirees and to promote their welfare. We do this by keeping them informed on
matters that affect them and by engaging in other activities to further their
We foster and encourage legislation that maintains or improves our
circumstances primarily as it affects the pensions of the New York
State Retirement System and our health benefits.
Join Your Colleagues in
Remembrance Through Renewal
September Month of Service:
Every September since 2007, the Port Authority
comes together to honor the region we serve, the colleagues we lost, and the
legacy they have left behind with our RTR community service events.
There are 22
community service events that will be taking place throughout the month of
September. You can find descriptions for what each
event will entail. Registration for the events opens Thursday morning August 1,
2019. The link below will take you to the list of service volunteer
opportunities. The password for each event is
forget to use the exclamation point in the password)
Remembrance Walk & Reflection Ceremony on
October 2, 2019 from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Remembrance Walk, a great opportunity for PARA
participation and engagement current and past Port Authority employees will
join in a collective walk around the WTC Memorial and Museum site culminating in
Liberty Park for a brief reflection ceremony. The event hopes to provide a
moment for the agency to come together and close out the 2019 RTR program in
remembrance of those we lost and the lasting memory that their sacrifice has on
Participants meet the corner
of Liberty and Greenwich Streets. across from the National September 11 Memorial
Plaza at 5:30pm. They will sign in and collect their candles. The
walk starts promptly at 6:00pm. A ceremony will follow
at Liberty Park ending at 7:00pm. Registration is open until September 29, 2019.
The event will go on as scheduled, rain or shine.
Go to this page
to register for the Remembrance Walk and Reflection Ceremony on October
If interested, please contact:
We look forward to seeing you at one or multiple of our events this year!
September 6, 2019
This coming Wednesday, the Port Authority family will gather to remember
and pay our respects to our cherished colleagues who were killed in the
1993 World Trade Center bombing and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
On that September day nearly 18 years ago, 84 agency employees were
lost, including 37 members of the Port Authority Police who made the
ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Their PAPD brethren faced the unfathomable task of recovering their lost
brothers and sisters while piecing back together the department’s
command structure. Our words cannot do justice to describing what this
must have been like – the intermingling of grief and sorrow with
determination, resilience, and deep love for their fellow officers. That
is why we are sharing the attached article written by retired
Port Authority Police Officer Bobby Egbert,
which captures the days and weeks following 9/11, and recognizes the
employees whose extraordinary efforts put the department and the agency
on the road to rebuilding.
As the Port Authority observes moments of silence on Wednesday at 8:46
a.m. and 9:03 a.m. – marking the moments when each of the two towers
were struck – we will reflect on all of those individuals affected by
that day’s tragic events, resolving to embody their resilience and
Please be sure to join us in those moments of silence, and if you can,
at the annual interfaith remembrance service at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s
Roman Catholic Church, one block north of the World Trade Center campus.
Together we can ensure that the memory of our fallen friends and
colleagues continues to live on and shine brightly.
Kevin J. O’Toole Rick Cotton
Chairman Executive Director
If you’re a PA retiree or even
employee and are
not yet a member of PARA, now would be a very good time to join. Everyone
is welcomed to join the dues are
only $10.00 a year.
Why not join now to
support PARA's mission and help chart its future directions?
PARA’s more than 4,000 members are strengthened by
our affiliation with the Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations (APRO)
representing more than 350,000 members statewide in New York.
click here for the
PARA dues page and send the remittance form to the address indicated below and
remember also that donations are
gratefully accepted and appreciated. If you have a question
Click Here to Submit request to
Treasurer for Dues Status.
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