Items of Interest to PA Employees & Retirees - 2020

2/27/2020 - Click Here Listen to Charlie Maikish, the former director of the World Trade Center, 27 years after a 1,200-pound bomb was detonated in the Twin Towers’ parking garage.


Offices of the Chairman and Executive Director
Bulletin #20-03

February 3, 2020

On Wednesday, February 26, the Port Authority will mark the 27th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

We invite all agency employees and family members to join us in remembering our fallen friends and colleagues – Robert Kirkpatrick, Stephen Knapp, William Macko, and Monica Rodriguez Smith and her unborn child – who, along with Windows on the World employee Wilfredo Mercado and visitor John DiGiovanni, lost their lives in the attack that also injured more than 1,000 others.

A commemorative Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at 9:55 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, located at 135 W 31st Street – between Sixth and Seventh avenues – in Manhattan.

Attendees are asked to arrive no later than 9:40 a.m., as the Mass will begin promptly at 9:55. At the service, we will join you and many others – including agency retirees, loved ones, and other members of the Port Authority family – in honoring the legacy of these fallen friends and colleagues. Following the Mass, a ceremony will be held at the National September 11 Memorial plaza at noon.

As always, flags at all Port Authority facilities will fly at half-staff in remembrance of our fallen colleagues. A moment of silence will also be observed at 12:18 p.m. agency-wide. We ask that you join us at that time in quiet reflection.

Through the commemorative Mass, memorial ceremony and moments of reflection, we can together honor the spirit of these individuals and commit to keeping their memory alive. We are one Port Authority family – united in our dedication to service, and unshakeable in our strength and resilience.

Kevin J. O’Toole
Chairman Rick Cotton
Executive Director


10-01-15 - The 360-degree viewing platform and eatery located near the top of the newly-rebuilt One World Trade Center, is open to the general public. Tickets are $32 for adults, though seniors pay $30 and children aged 6 to 15 pay $26. Kids 5 and under are free.  Click here to see the full cost of a trip:

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PARA agreement on hearing aids and hearing related services
October 2018

As we age, some of us suffer various degrees of hearing loss. As many of you already know, hearing aids can be very expensive. Recently, we heard about a company that
can help reduce the cost somewhat (up to 70% in some cases).

The company is Hear in America (HIA), which has a nationwide network of providers who perform hearing tests and can fit you for hearing aids. We heard about this company from one of our members, who is also a member of RPEA (Retired Public Employees Association).

We contacted HIA to see if we could enter into an agreement with them to provide this service to our members and their  family members. They were eager to do so, and we are  happy to announce the agreement between HIA and PARA effective October 2018.   The service is available immediately to all those who want to take advantage.

All you (or your family member) have to do is call HIA at 1-800-286-6149, tell them you are a member  of PARA and they will connect you with a local provider.

Our agreement provides for free hearing exams, discounts on devices, warranties on equipment, free repair and batteries for a period after purchase and other benefits. HIA will provide the details. Of course, all transactions are solely between HIA’s local providers and its customers and PARA has no liability in connection with this new benefit.

Can You Hear Me Now?



Other Issues and News of Interest for PARA Members

PortFolio - Port Authority Blog

Be prepared to be amazed at the top of the WTC - Visit to the top

Virtual tour of 1 World Trade Center Observation Deck

Ernesto L. Butcher - EOC Dedication

Empire on the Hudson - Professor Jameson W. Doig............Click here to read

Professor Jameson W. Doig

News about State and Government workers.........Click here

See Para webpage with useful Social Security articles.......Click here









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