Press Release Article


Date: May 30, 2018
Press Release Number: 93-2018

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton and Aviation Director Huntley Lawrence will join Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, to provide a media briefing on Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. at the JFK Emergency Operations Center (EOC), JFK Building 111, 154-42 134th Street, Jamaica, NY 11430.

Executive Director Cotton and Aviation Director Lawrence will detail the status of measures taken to-date to improve the Airport’s operations during winter storms as well as the functioning of the new EOC.

Secretary LaHood will discuss his independent findings and recommendations regarding the events at JFK Airport during and following the January Winter Storm Grayson. A hard copy of the report will be available at the briefing and posted online shortly thereafter. A question and answer session will follow, along with optional tours of the EOC.

Instructions: Media should arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. to ensure they gain access to the building and set up in time for the availability. Please RSVP to Media Relations at (212) 435-7777 or email Shuttle bus service will be provided from the Federal Circle Station for media planning to take the JFK AirTrain to the event. Media should indicate their intention to use the shuttle when they RSVP for the event.

A Port Authority Media Relations representative will be in the entrance of the building to meet those attending and check them in. Attendees are advised to take Exit D (“Airport Hotels”) from I-678 S onto 150th Ave, then turn left onto 134th Street. The entrance to JFK Building 111 will be on the left side, at guard post turn left before 134th Street curves to the right and turns into 155th Avenue.

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For those unable to attend, the availability will be livestreamed on the Port Authority’s Facebook Page and can be accessed via the following link:

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