AMONG STAFF ASSOCIATES who have cooperated in the development of this study, I am especially indebted to Wade S. Smith for aid in research and statistical work, to Julia W. Fell for preparation and checking of the manuscript, and to my wife, Edna Trull, for collaboration in planning, editing, proofreading and preparation of the index. I am deeply grateful to Cushman McGee, an outstanding expert in public finance, for his critical reading of the manuscript and his many constructive suggestions. Roger Kafka and Matthew Huttner of Geffen, Dunn & Company have given invaluable guidance in the technical problems of publication.
A special note of appreciation is due the officials of the Port Authority, who not only welcomed searching inquiry regarding all of the agency's operations, policies and plans but gave generously of their time for conferences and the painstaking preparation of requested data. I wish to express my thanks particularly to those officials and staff members whose long hours of pressing work I had to encroach upon again and again for orientation on the myriad of technical details of finance, law and operations that are involved in the successful management of this extraordinary public enterprise.
FREDERICK L. BIRD
New York, September, 1948.
Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., as an impartial agency, was employed by the Port Authority to make a study of its operations, finances and plans. The data presented in this resulting publication, and used as a basis for analysis, although not guaranteed, were obtained from sources deemed to be reliable.
Copyright 1949, by DUN & BRADSTREET, INC., MUNICIPAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT