Port Authority Retirees Association, Inc. 

  Executive Officers  
Dave Gallagher - President

Rae Ann Hoffmann - Vice President
Robert Isaacs - Treasurer
 Warren Cutler - Assistant Treasurer
 Jerrilyn Raczynski - Board Secretary


What is PARA?


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 interests.  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 Honoring 9/11

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 
rtr2019!  (don't forget to use the exclamation point in the password)

Click here for RTR List of Volunteer projects

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 our community.

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 2, 2019.  If interested, please contact:

Blair Wegescheide at bwegescheide@panynj.gov or by calling 718-330-2969

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 courage.

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


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Not a Member? -- Join Today!


If you’re a PA retiree or even an active 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.   Just 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 about dues Click Here to Submit request to Treasurer for Dues Status.


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For Dues, Volunteer & Change of Address use this address:

Port Authority Retirees Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 7493
Monroe Township, NJ 08831


For all other PARA Correspondence use this address:

Port Authority Retirees Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 2002
East Millstone, New Jersey 08875


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