Nadler Applauds Port Authority Board Approval of American Stevedoring's Lease Renewal in Red Hook

Nov 9, 2004

New York -- Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today hailed the lease renewal for American Stevedoring Inc. that was approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  The new three-year lease provides for continued shipping operations by American Stevedoring's on Red Hook piers 8, 9, and 10 in Brooklyn.  Nadler, who had called on the Port Authority to renew the lease, hailed the agreement as a positive step to ensure that maritime jobs are retained in Brooklyn.

"I am pleased that the Port Authority Board approved the lease renewal for American Stevedoring, and that American Stevedoring can continue to play a positive role in our local economy," said Nadler.  "We must continue to have a working port in Brooklyn.  This agreement epitomizes the success that can occur when the Port Authority, the City and private businesses work together."

Nadler, an advocate for the redevelopment of the Port of New York and the restoration of the region's freight transportation system for more than twenty years, believes it is imperative to the economic vitality of the City and region that the Port of New York & New Jersey retain its position of dominance on the eastern seaboard of the United States, and that Brooklyn must be a part of that port.  Red Hook is the only remaining port facility on the eastern side of the Hudson River.

"This agreement means that Red Hook can have both a cruise terminal and a container port.  It is my hope that the renewal of the lease signals the start of a commitment by the Port Authority and the City to a long-term future for maritime operations in Brooklyn, and, eventually, to the establishment of a much larger deep-water container port in Brooklyn," said Nadler.