New Leader Approved by Port Authority

The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday unanimously approved the appointment of Patrick J. Foye, to become the agency’s new executive director.

Mr. Foye, who was not at the meeting, was nominated on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He will begin on Nov. 1.

The board also officially accepted the resignation of the departing executive director, Christopher O. Ward, who will remain on until the end of the month. The board recognized Mr. Ward’s accomplishments during his tenure, which began in May 2008, as a tribute in the form of a resolution.

“Chris Ward has led the agency with great pride and has given the full measure of his knowledge, skill and ability to further the mission and goals of the Port Authority and the region it serves,” David Samson, the agency’s chairman, said, reading from a prepared statement.

Mr. Ward received particular praise for his efforts to redevelop the World Trade Center site and his success in delivering the National September 11 Memorial for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

When asked about the rumor that he is considering a run for mayor of New York, Mr. Ward said that although he thinks he would be good for the job, “the timing and politics of this town will likely preclude that opportunity.” However, he also said he is not ruling it out entirely.

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