I became employed in 1988 and assigned to
LaGuardia Airport in the Operations department as a C-14; was on
probation for one year and then became permanent. The best of my career
was the ability to take classes, given by the Port, to help enhance the
ability to be prepared for future promotions. I worked as an Information
Agent at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, during the Summer, a C-18 in
the Aviation Division at One World Trade Center, and full circle, back
to LaGuardia Airport as a C-19 where I spent the rest of my career until
I retired in 2003.
The best was being able to educate myself
both inside and outside with the assistance of Ma Ponya. The funniest
experience was when I had to defend fare increases; each time NYCís
Tribrough Bridge and Tunnel Authority raised their tolls, I had to stand
up for the Port by informing my friends and family that the Port is
responsible for bridges and tunnels that go from state to state not
borough to borough.
The worst was 9/11. I still have the
picture of all that were lost on that day and every now and then I look
at it and remind myself just how truly blessed I am. If my memory serves
me correctly, I believe it was that day I was supposed to be trained on
the recently upgraded payroll program; I haven't been the same since.