The Real Deal New York

Port Authority reverses course on Red Hook terminal

March 08, 2012 11:00AM

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has reversed course and is now fighting to keep a shipping terminal in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

Previous Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, was ready to move the locus of shipping in the borough to Sunset Park, the paper said, but the agency now wants to keep the shipping terminal open. If the terminal were to lose the inspectors required for international shipping facilities, many jobs could disappear, the paper said. The terminal handles container ships and bulk cargo.

“We’ve made an economic appeal,” Brian Simon, the agency’s director of government and community affairs, told a Community Board 6 committee Monday. “We at Port Authority aim at having [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] have a bureau at the port.” [Brooklyn Paper]