19. Patrick Foye | The Long Island Press Power List

19. Patrick Foye

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director

With billions of dollars riding on capital projects and millions of people depending on the reliability of the Port Authority’s tunnels and bridges to get to their jobs, Patrick Foye has a lot going on these days. The shiny new World Trade Center is now a crowning achievement as it rises once again to take its place in the city’s fabled skyline. And, after decades of press releases, the James A. Farley Post Office building is finally entering phase one of an ambitious construction project that includes extending the train tracks from Penn Station to what will someday become Moynihan Station and Amtrak’s new home. That’s the good news. The $13 tolls are a huge pain in the wallet, but it is what it is. We can only imagine the balancing act that Foye has to perform to keep his two bosses happy: Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We wouldn’t wish that on anybody.