I remember my first day at the Port
Authority. I was 17 years old. I had been offered a job that would be
starting right away. Like any teenager, I took the job but with the
agreement that I would work for the Port Authority one week as a
temporary employee and then take my planned vacation, after which I
would be back on the payroll. (What do you expect from a teenager!)
Little did I know that I would have a
wonderful and successful 40-year career at the PA. A career that started
with one of the lowest positions in the agency to one of the highest
level -- Corporate Secretary of the Port Authority.
I had the privilege to work with
chairmen, vice chairmen, executive directors, directors and so on — and
I loved my job and “my” Port Authority. But more than that, I loved my
Port Authority friends, and I still do.
I retired from the Port Authority in
mid-2018, 40 years from the same week I started at the Port Authority. I
joined PARA when I retired. Since then, I have gotten to rekindle
friendships even more with my Port Authority and PARA friends.
My family really didn’t and still doesn’t
understand why I spent so much time at the Port Authority and now with
PARA, but I tell them that the Port Authority and PARA are my family so
I do what I have to do for them.
(Absent the pandemic, we would all be together at this time and I am
looking forward to the day when we can return to normalcy.)
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank
Mother PONYA. She was a guiding light for all of us. She will always be
The one thing I know for sure is that If
I had to do it all again, I would not change a thing! The PA family will
always be a part of me.
Happy 100th Birthday to The Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey!!