The Real Deal New York

New PA head will reduce red tape for construction

January 24, 2012 02:00PM

The new head of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said he will streamline the construction oversight process in New York City at the Building Congress yesterday, Crain’s reported.

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, who was appointed last October, called the environmental review process currently in place “too long and uncertain, and unmoored from the social goals it was intended to advance.” He also said inefficiencies in the system created “huge and growing” costs. 

Foye promised a 25 percent reduction in the time that pre-construction due diligence takes new infratructure projects.

“One of the things that will accompany our return to core mission,” Foye said, “will be greater concentration on airports, bridges and tunnels, and PATH and the like.” [Crain’s]