Alumni Stories

Tony Coscia (F’81)

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Tony Coscia

At Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Coscia studied philosophy under Jesse Mann and learned about the practice of diplomacy from Donald McHenry and Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first female United States ambassador to the United Nations. In April 2003, Coscia was appointed chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Here, Coscia reflects on the impact of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York in 2007 and tells a first-hand account of the Hudson River plane landing. His wife is a graduate of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, and their two children also attended Georgetown—making the Coscias a true Hoya family.

Coscia, a former senior state government official, is leading the Port Authority through one of the most challenging times of the agency’s 87-year history. As chairman, he has broad policy oversight responsibility in connection with the agency’s diverse transportation businesses and $5 billion annual capital and operating budget. Coscia’s goal is to ensure the safety and security of the Port Authority’s facilities, to improve the critical transportation networks between New York and New Jersey and to rebuild the World Trade Center as a driving force for the economic recovery of Lower Manhattan and the region, in addition to establishing a memorial to those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Additional Resources

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

N.Y. jet crash called ‘miracle on the Hudson’
Jan. 15, 2009

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