Author: Rosalyn Hamlett

Creative professional with more than 20 years experience in the areas of communications, public affairs, and government relations in state and federal agencies, and the White House. Consulted for clients in the private and non-profit sectors. Recipient of the National Education Writers Award.

Fran Safina JFK Lost & Found

Fran Safina is a finder of lost loves, of the material kind, at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). She handles and recovers items that don’t have much meaning or intrinsic value to anyone other than the owner. But, as most everyone knows, the loss of a coveted sentimental treasure, well, that can be a tear-jerker. “I’m known by only one name, (like Cher,)” said Fran, who has maintained the lost and found office for almost nine years at JFK’s Building 14. That’s enough time to have seen and heard it all – both the agony and the ecstasy of…

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Historic is a word often associated with the rollout of new Port Authority facilities and services, whether it’s the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport or construction of a brand-new Goethals Bridge. Yesterday, history traveled north to Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., as Norwegian Air announced it would begin a series of daily flights to Ireland and Scotland – truly putting the “international” in the airport’s name. Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye and Ed Harrison, Stewart’s General Manager, applauded the Norwegian announcement as the start of a new era for the airport, which the Port Authority acquired in 2007. “It’s…

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Bernie Wagenblast the Airport Voice

Bernie Wagenblast is like the Siri of public transportation in the New York/New Jersey region, sort of. Except he doesn’t live inside iPhones, he lives in Cranford, NJ. And most importantly, he never gets a snarky attitude. When Wagenblast started out as a traffic reporter on the radio, he never dreamed that one day thousands of people moving through the region’s transportation network would hear his sonorous but disembodied voice through loudspeakers inside some of the region’s major transportation infrastructure. The Port Authority (PA) was the first agency to discover Wagenblast’s cheerful voice. In fact, he still answers the Port…

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