Port Authority and Airport Security
Bob Boyle was appointed by Governors Whitman and Pataki as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in March 1997. He served four years with the Port Authority and stepped down on April 6, 2001. At Governor Pataki’s request, Mr. Boyle returned to the Port Authority on September 11 through the end of October 2001 to aid the Port Authority leadership and provide liaison to the New York Governor.
As Executive Director of the Port Authority, Mr. Boyle directed the redevelopment of JFK Airport, the Jamaica JFK Airtrain, the extension and rebuild of the Newark Airtrain, the new Continental terminal at Newark and the construction of new terminal one and four at JFK. His Port commerce initiatives included the 50 foot channel to Newark Bay and the rebuild of Port Newark and Port Elizabeth container terminals. Mr. Boyle initiated and implemented the purchase of Port Ivory in Staten Island and the extension of the chemical coast line into Staten Island as part of the Port Authority’s 21st century “Hub Port” program.
During Mr. Boyle’s tenure, the Port Authority averaged one billion per year in public construction, a Port Authority record, as well as the highest profitability years in Port Authority history.
He is the recipient of the 1998 NYSAE Outstanding New Yorker Award as well as Crain’s New York Business All Star Award 1997. In 1997, to honor his accomplishments, the New York chapter of the National Association for Exposition Management chose Mr. Boyle as the recipient of the “King’s Glove”award “for outstanding achievements and contributions. . . toward the greater good and professional spirit of the exposition industry in the New York area.” In 1996, Mr. Boyle was honored by Crain’s Business Magazine as New York All Star in Government.
In April 1995, Governor George E. Pataki named Mr. Boyle President of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (The Javits Center) and in 1996, he was named Chairman of the Javits Center Board, which role he served in through 2005. Mr. Boyle instituted business and operational practices at the Javits Center that drew widespread praise from all sectors of the tradeshow and convention industry.
Prior to his government service, Robert E. Boyle spent more than two decades as a successful executive and major stockholder in corporations in the construction industry. He gained valuable and extensive experience in finance, administration, labor relations, budget control, sales and crisis management.
In the 1980’s he spent ten years with and was President of a major suburban board of education, and 25 years as board member and chairman of a suburban community hospital, directing an extensive reorganization which transformed that facility into a leading regional medical center.
Mr. Boyle currently is an independent consultant and has an affiliation with the government relations group at the New York law firm of Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP.
Mr. Boyle has a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He is married to Carol E. Boyle and they have four children and ten grandchildren.