Chris Ward Is Done at the Port Authority

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Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority, speaks during a ground breaking ceremony for two mass transit tunnels in North Bergen, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, June 8, 2009. Plans call for a 9-mile (14-kilometer) tunnel from Kearny, New Jersey, to a new station more than 90 feet (27 meters) under 34th Street in Manhattan, below 14 subway lines and the 33rd Street PATH station, and next to Pennsylvania Station. Construction is set to start this month and end in 2017. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News Photo: DANIEL ACKER

Ward, who has run the Port Authority since David Paterson appointed him in 2008, will reportedly step down next month. Ward's resignation means that there are two top gigs for Governor Cuomo to fill in fairly short order: The head of the MTA announced he was leaving over the summer, too. Ward oversaw the agency's recent toll hikes, finagled a way to get the 9/11 Memorial to open on schedule, and helped lure Condé Nast as an anchor tenant for the World Trade Center development project.

Yet despite the latter two achievements, Ward clashed with Cuomo and his resignation isn't exactly a surprise, says the Times.


But as with Mr. Walder, the governor never established a smooth working relationship with Mr. Ward. During Mr. Cuomo’s nine months in office, the two never spoke at length in person, according to the governor’s appointment schedules; e-mails from Mr. Ward’s office to the governor’s staff routinely went unreturned.

At the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony held this month, Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Ward stood near each other but did not speak, according to a person who was in close proximity.

That sounds like a totally healthy working relationship!

Director Said to Be Leaving Port Authority Next Month [NYT]