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Port Authority there was created a complete administrative

AN INCIDENT IN THE WORK OF THE PORT

AUTHORITY

About the middle of October the country was suddenly threatened with an attempt to cause a total suspension of railroad transportation. Such an event would have created a peril to health and life as well as unparalleled economic disorder and loss.

It was at once apparent that unless complete plans were made for coordinating and regulating all the agencies of possible transportation, supply and demand; and all the Federal, State and Municipal powers necessary to help in carrying out such plans and have them directed from one coordinated source, inextricable confusion and much suffering would ensue. The staff of the Port Authority was exceptionally well qualified to devise such a plan and it appeared to the Commissioners that the Port Authority was the most appropriate organization existing at the moment to formulate such a working plan and bring together so many interests. While the plan was being developed the Governors of the two states expressed their approval and lent the most practical aid by authorizing the heads of all appropriate state departments, such as Bureau of Food and Markets of the Departments of Agriculture, Commissioners of Highways, Superintendents of Canals, Adjutants General of State Troops and Commanders of State Constabulary to cooperate with their respective powers. The General commanding the Department of the East, the Engineer Officers in charge of Rivers and Harbors, and the Health Commissioner of New York City, with all the emergency powers at his command, also lent their hearty cooperation and assistance, as did the Secretary of Commerce.

From these official elements and from the Staff of the Port Authority there was created a complete administrative

staff. The Statistical Division commenced gathering information of consumption needs and possible sources of supply. The wholesale dealers in all the necessaries of life and all transportation agencies such as railroads, steamboat and barge owners, lighterage and towing companies, motor and team truck companies appointed cooperating committees with liason officers to work under the direction of the administrative staff. Operating charts were prepared clearly displaying the functions of each department and of all units and in less than ten days all preparations were completed so that had the emergency developed on November 1st there would have immediately functioned the direction and the facilities necessary to provide for the needs and comfort of the people in the port district. The information gathered is being carefully tabulated, indexed and filed and the organization could be called together at any time on a few hours' notice.

LAWS OF NEW YORK-BY AUTHORITY

66

CHAPTER 203.

AN ACT to authorize the appointment of commissioners to the port authority" established by the agreement or compact between the states of New York and New Jersey within the "port of New York," and making an appropriation therefor.

Became a law April 15, 1921, with the approval of the Governor. Passed, three-fifths being present.

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. The governor shall, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint three commissioners to the port authority created by the agreement or compact between the states of New York and New Jersey entered into or about to be entered into under laws passed by the states of New York and New Jersey authorizing such agreement and compact. At least two of such commissioners shall be resident voters of the city of New York. One of such commissioners, when appointed, shall hold office until July first, nineteen hundred and twenty-four, another shall hold office until July first, nineteen hundred and twenty-six, and another shall hold office until July first, nineteen hundred and twenty-eight. Each commissioner shall hold office until his successor has been appointed or qualified.

At the expiration of the term of each commissioner and of each succeeding commissioner, the governor shall, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint a successor, who shall hold office for a term of five years, or until his successor has been appointed and qualified. In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of a commissioner by death, resignation or otherwise, the governor shall, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint his successor, who shall hold office for the unexpired term. The three commissioners may be appointed by the governor before such agreement or compact shall

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