Patrick Foye, New York’s deputy secretary for economic development, was selected by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to head the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Foye, 54, will replace Chris Ward, who will stay on as executive director until the end of October and then serve as an adviser through year-end. Cuomo’s nomination of Foye must be approved by the authority’s board.
Ward signaled his intention to resign late last month after Cuomo showed he wasn’t interested in keeping him. Ward took control of the port authority in May 2008 as an appointee of Cuomo’s predecessor, David Paterson.
Under former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Foye led the Empire State Development Corp., which promotes business investment in New York, and was previously the deputy county executive for economic development in Nassau County. Foye currently sits on the agency’s board.
The bistate port authority owns the land in the Port of New York and New Jersey that is leased by five marine terminal operators. It also oversees the region’s five airports, the George Washington Bridge and three other spans, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, a trans-Hudson River commuter rail line, a Midtown Manhattan bus station, and the 16-acre World Trade Center site under development in Lower Manhattan.