Community Office Builds On Governor Cuomo's October Announcement to Advance JFK Vision Plan with Two Major New International Terminals
Office Will Serve as Central Resource for Job and Contracting Opportunities to Local Residents and Businesses
Redevelopment Includes 30 Percent MWBE Goal for Contracts and Financing Interests
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of a new community outreach office in Jamaica, Queens, which will serve as the central resource for job and contracting opportunities to local residents. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center will provide extensive engagement with neighborhood residents and other community stakeholders during the life of the project, while connecting them with the opportunities it offers. The outreach office supports the governor's $13 billion JFK Vision Plan for a unified and interconnected airport system with best-in-class passenger amenities and centralized ground transportation options with vastly improved roadways that collectively will increase the airport's capacity by at least 15 million passengers a year. The new airport complex which will include $12 billion in private financing, will be anchored by two new world-class terminals on the airport's north and south sides. The redevelopment includes a 30 percent Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises goal for contracts and financing interests.
"The $13 billion transformation of JFK Airport is the latest example of New York's nation-leading infrastructure investments to create a 21st century transportation network worthy of the State of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The new Queens outreach office at JFK will engage with local residents and connect them with jobs and opportunities, ensuring the local community is heard and its needs are met every step of the way throughout this historic redevelopment project."
"We are committed to providing local residents and businesses with new opportunities as part of the JFK Airport transformation project," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With this new community outreach office, we're making sure that residents have access to the jobs be created and companies are aware of the contracting opportunities as part of the redevelopment. The overhaul of JFK Airport is part of our overall plan to modernize airports across the state, enhance the travel experience, and grow the economy of New York State."
The Vision Plan, initially unveiled in January 2017, is based on recommendations from the Governor's Airport Advisory Council, which called for an overhaul of the current eight terminal sites into one unified airport complex by demolishing old terminals, utilizing vacant space and modernizing on-airport infrastructure. The Vision Plan also calls for increasing gate size to allow for newer, quieter planes and improving airside taxiways to reduce gate congestion.
At the October 2018 announcement of the new terminals, Governor Cuomo also announced the formation of the JFK Redevelopment Community Advisory Council, composed of elected officials, community boards, non-profit organizations, civic organizations and clergy. The council is chaired by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks, and is tasked with working with the Port Authority to expand community outreach efforts that are already underway, ensuring that the project solicits feedback from local stakeholders, MWBE businesses and job seekers.
The Information Center will support the Port Authority's current mission to replace its legacy infrastructure, which dates back decades, with 21st century facilities designed to handle record growth in air passengers. The Port Authority's airports handled 138 million passengers in 2018, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2017's previous record high.
Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said, "This is another major step forward in our extensive set of efforts across the agency and throughout the region to involve the community. Engaging those who live and work within the community surrounding JFK is critical to our success. We recognize that these major reconstruction projects directly impact our neighbors, and we want to ensure that economic activities from our projects translate to real opportunities for local residents and businesses. Assistance from local elected officials will help us continue to build on the success of jobs and contracting efforts already underway for JFK. This office will help further advance the Port Authority's priority to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts across all of our projects, including connecting MWBE contractors to construction work."
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said, "From the very onset of planning JFK's redevelopment, our focus has been on bringing the community into the discussion at every stage. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center will serve as an informational resource for the community, not just about what changes to expect along the way, but which jobs are open for the local community to apply for. I invite anyone curious about the project and its opportunities to take advantage of the information center."
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, "The widely-anticipated grand opening of the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center reflects the Port Authority's elevated priority of community engagement in the transformation of JFK, a critical component of keeping the region globally competitive. The Center will help ensure that the local residents, businesses and communities directly impacted are also able to access the growth opportunities from this bold, $13 billion overhaul of New York's major gateway."
Senator James Sanders Jr. said, "We trust that this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. The Southeast Queens community deserves to be involved in all discussions, decisions, and redevelopment plans concerning this project. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center is a great step in ensuring that the local residents, MWBEs, and community stakeholders will have access to the contracts, jobs, and all opportunities that this $13-billion-dollar revitalization project will provide."
Senator Leroy Comrie said, "The Port Authority understands that the ultimate success of the JFK Airport redevelopment project requires community inclusion and engagement at every stage of the process, especially when it comes to providing gainful employment for nearby residents and contracts for local MWBEs. This new office will be a critical resource for individuals and businesses in Southeast Queens that are eager to take full advantage of the tremendous opportunity of the project."
Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. said, "As a life-long resident of Queens, I'm extremely encouraged by the community involvement regarding JFK's redevelopment, especially considering the impact it has on surrounding areas. The Community Information Center will be such a valuable resource and I encourage anyone interested in following the project's progress or learning more about employment opportunities, to utilize their services. This is another positive step forward in the evolution of improvements at JFK."
Senator Todd Kaminsky said, "As an elected official, my number one priority is to ensure major projects in my district reflect the needs of the community. Governor Cuomo has worked closely with us throughout this entire process, and the result will be a world class JFK airport that will serve for decades to come."
Assembly Member Vivian E. Cook said, "For decades, Administrations have punted responsibility for New York's infrastructure, but thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York is moving forward. This outreach office will provide innumerable opportunities for local Queens residents, creating economic growth for decades to come. I commend Governor Cuomo for his ongoing commitment to the Queens community and look forward to working with him to build a better JFK for all."
Assembly Member Michele Titus said, "Community input is crucial when undergoing large development projects such as the $13 billion transformation of JFK. Not only will this outreach office provide invaluable assistance to the larger Queens community during the development process, but it will connect residents with jobs and opportunities that JFK has to offer. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his commitment to rebuilding New York's aging infrastructure and for keeping his home borough community engaged throughout the development process."
Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer-Amato said, "It is crucial that we have community involvement and accessibility with any project in our community - I applaud Governor Cuomo for making this a reality. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center will serve as a direct conduit for residents to ask questions, explore job opportunities, and have one-on-one conversations with the developers. The Information Center is just one step of many within the redevelopment of JFK where residents, businesses and communities are able to benefit from the project."
Assembly Member Clyde Vanel said, "We're excited for the opening of an Office of Outreach in Southeast Queens for the community to fully engage with JFK redevelopment, which includes business opportunities, environmental issues, and community engagement."
Assembly Member Michaelle C. Solages said, "The multi-billion redevelopment of JFK International Airport is critical to bringing the local region's infrastructure into the 21st century. I look forward to working with the coalition of community leaders, stakeholders and the Port Authority of NY & NJ to ensure this transformational plan will keep New York's economy moving forward in the decades ahead. We welcome and congratulate the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center on the occasion of their grand opening."
Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman said, "With the opening of the new JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center, Southeast Queens residents now have easier access to finding jobs and contracting opportunities at the airport. The center will ensure that the unique needs and concerns of our community are considered in major deals and negotiations."
Council Member Adrienne Adams said, "The opening of the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center in Jamaica, Queens shows the ongoing commitment to keeping local residents a priority as JFK Airport is transformed. I applaud the efforts of Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority for their efforts to remain inclusive of the Southeast Queens community by creating new jobs and new opportunities for those directly impacted by this redevelopment."
Council Member I. Daneek Miller said, "Our partners at the Port Authority and the Governor's Airport Advisory Council deserve to be commended for their commitment to community engagement, and this facility is a testament to that principle. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center will help to promote a continuous flow of information about the many opportunities arising from the airport's modernization, which in turn will provide tangible benefits to Southeast Queens businesses as well as add value to its human capital."
Council Member Donovan Richards said, "The transformation of JFK Airport will be the center of new job growth and opportunities for not only Southeast Queens, but the entire Borough of Queens. The JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center will help ensure that MWBEs and local residents have a direct path to new opportunities and can capitalize on the economic development happening right in their neighborhood. I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo for delivering on the need for a better JFK and his commitment to prioritizing local New Yorkers in the hiring and contracting process that will elevate Queens to a whole new level."
Five employees who live in the local community will work out of the office, which will be open Monday through Friday. They will provide the community with access to resources and events, including certification workshops. Previously held round-table meetings which provided face-time with the developers and MWBE firm will also continue in the new office."
Additionally, the office will feature information on job opportunities from the Port Authority and its private sector partners for major projects at the airport, including Terminal One Group, JetBlue, American Airlines and the new TWA Hotel, which is opening this spring.
The outreach office is located at 144-33 & 35 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435. Hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Of the $1.4 million total projected cost to build the office, more than $1.1 million has gone to MWBEs, most of which are based in the neighboring communities. The Port Authority will continue to leverage the talents of the community that surrounds JFK.
The JFK community outreach initiatives builds on the extensive community outreach done for LaGuardia Airport's $8 billion redevelopment project. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced that more than half of those hired for the new Eastern Concourse at Terminal B are Queens residents. The project issued nearly 850 contracts valued at more than $1.14 billion to certified minority-and women-owned businesses, advancing New York State's nation-leading utilization rate of MWBE.