US Transportation Secretary Mary E.
Peters announced Tuesday that Marie Kennington-Gardiner of Staten
Island has been tapped to serve as director of the New York
Integration Office, created by the Department last year as part of
a coordinated effort to address chronic aviation delays in the New
"With the appointment of our new czar and the aggressive action
we’ve taken to date, we are tackling the aviation congestion
and delays that grounded passengers and economic opportunities
alike in the New York region last year. We’ve picked a leader
in Marie with the skills and acumen to address these tough issues
directly," Peters (right) said.
"Marie brings us a wealth of background and experience in
integrating diverse and complex projects. She knows the issues, the
constituencies, and has a successful track record of consensus
building that will help implement solutions to the congestion
issues that face us in the New York-New Jersey region," added
Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell.
In addition to appointing an aviation czar, DOT maintains it has
acted aggressively to respond to last year’s delays in the
New York region, the worst on record. This includes implementing
temporary hourly limits at JFK and Newark airports to allow for
more flights more evenly spread out during the day, a series of
rules to protect passengers and a new task force focused on helping
airlines and airports do a better job of coordinating with each
other and taking care of passengers in the event of lengthy ground
As the newly appointed aviation "czar," Kennington-Gardiner will
coordinate regional airspace issues and all projects and
initiatives addressing problems of congestion and delays in New
York. A New York native, she most recently served as director of
the Lower Manhattan Recovery Office to coordinate federal emergency
transit investments following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Prior FAA
experience includes senior management positions in three FAA
regions representing the entire East Coast.