As had been rumored, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced that he’s tapped his aide Patrick Foye to serve as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
He also nominated James Rubin and Rossana Rosado to the Port Authority Board, which oversees the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.
In a news release, Cuomo asked the Port Authority Board to consolidate the Moynihan Station Development Corporation and Lower Manhattan Development Corporation into the authority.
The board would have to approve Foye’s nomination. Foye, who had been Cuomo’s deputy secretary for economic development, succeeds Chris Ward, who had a rocky relationship with Cuomo.
The position was one of several high-profile jobs that Cuomo has to fill. He still has to fill heads of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — rumored to be Joe Lhota, a former Guiliani administration aide — and the state Power Authority.
The Lhota announcement was rumored to have taken place on Monday, but it didn’t happen.
Cuomo said in his announcement of Foye that Ward will stay on until the end of the month and serve as an adviser until the end of the year.
“The Port Authority must meet its potential as a major economic engine that plans for the region and attracts business on an international scale,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We must also improve its operations and maximize the value out of every dollar spent so that it is financially responsible and respects the tax and toll payers.”
Foye was previously deputy county executive for Nassau County and the former downstate chief of the Empire State Development Corp. under then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Rubin was President Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for public affairs and spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to May 2000. Rosado has served as publisher of El Diario La Prensa – the nation’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper — since 1999.