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For immediate release: May 9, 2013
Contact: Dan Weiller (518) 471-5300

Recognition Follows Last Month's Regional Plan Association
Lifetime Leadership Award for Thruway Board Chairman Howard P. Milstein

Dr. José Holguín-Veras, a member of the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors, was honored today at the White House as a 2013 Transportation Champion of Change, the Thruway Authority announced. He is the second board member to be honored in the past month; Board Chairman Howard P. Milstein received the Regional Plan Association’s (RPA) Lifetime Leadership Award in April.

“Dr. Holguín-Veras has an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and experience that plays an important role in helping the Board of Directors maintain safety and reliability and foster innovation at the Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation,” said Chairman Milstein. “On behalf of the board members and Thruway and Canal employees, I offer him our warmest congratulations.”

Dr. Holguín-Veras, the William H. Hart Professor and Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the newly created VREF's Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Transport has extensive professional transportation experience including the analysis of the intermodal alternatives for the trans-isthmian corridor that runs parallel to the Panama Canal.

Additionally, he has written dozens of articles and consulted in transportation planning, modeling, and economics for international companies and financial institutions, and has held leadership positions at key international research organizations including the Pan-American Conferences of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, the Council for the Association for European Transport, and International Organizing Committee of the City Logistics Conferences.

Dr. Holguín-Veras was nominated and confirmed as a member of the Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation Boards in May, 2010. His term expires in December, 2018.

Every year, the White House recognizes different groups of Americans who are making positive change in their communities. This year’s theme is Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st Century and will focus on individuals or organizations that have provided exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions to enhance performance, reduce congestion, improve safety, and facilitate communication across the transportation industry at the local, state or national level.

In mid-April, Chairman Milstein received the RPA’s Lifetime Leadership Award in part for his role in securing a contract to build the New NY Bridge that was nearly $2 billion less than expected. Other public owners nationwide are now using aspects of this concurrent environmental review and design-build procurement as a template for developing other large infrastructure projects.

Milstein, President and CEO of Emigrant Bank, was nominated by Governor Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate in 2011. His term expires in January, 2020.


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