Happy Anniversary Port Authority


By Angus Kress Gillespie

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It was the first interstate agency ever created under a clause in the U.S. Constitution that permits compacts between two states with congressional approval. The Port Authority’s area of jurisdiction was called “The Port District,” a 17-county bi-state region within a 25-mile radius of the Statue of Liberty? Well, you might say, “So what? Why should we care about this?” Allow me to explain why I think this is important.