Chris Ward for Mayor? He’s Got the Authority, But Does He Have the Support

By the end of the month, Chris Ward, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will be out of  a job. However, some of his aides and allies—and reportedly Ward himself—think they have a good next move for The Man Who Saved Ground Zero: mayor of New York City.

“Mayor Bloomberg has changed the public perception of what it means to be mayor, and that is a good and a bad thing” one Ward aide involved in the recruitment efforts told The Politicker. “People think this is a job for someone outside of politics. Chris kind of fits that bill. He is a chief executive, and chief executive of a huge municipality. Do we want to revert to form after we’ve broken the mold?”

While most of the pressure has come from those in Mr. Ward’s orbit and a few outsiders (call them the Wardens!), the lumbering, loquacious life-long civil servant would not pass up Gracie Mansion if the opportunity presented itself. Over the past few months, since things started to go south at the Port Authority under deteriorating relations with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mr. Ward has been saying in private that he would not mind running for political office, in particular mayor, according to a person present for some of those conversations.

So long as the political—and financial—support is there, there may well be a Chris Ward candidacy. Read More

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    So the “highway” Chris Ward may take goes to City hall”  should be an interesting journey.

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Osito says:

    I would definitely vote for Ward over the current cast of clowns.

  3. fed up in the Bronx says:

    How is it possible that this review of Chris Ward’s career doesn’t mention his stint as DEP Commissioner and the responsibility he holds for the $3 billion scam of a water filtration plant he had built in the Bronx?  The unwanted industrial plant has destroyed public parkland, opened the door for fraud and corruption as the contractors on the job have been indicted and fined by the justice department, is still costing taxpayers a fortune, and has turned what was a peaceful section of the Bronx into a construction zone.  Furthermore, the lies he told about jobs and economic development and the back room deals he cut in order to get this monstrosity passed by the city council are legendary.  Then he neatly skirted all the city’s conflict of interest laws and a year later got himself a job as head of the GCA, the organization that benefitted most from this boondoggle.  Mayor?  Ha!  The man belongs in jail.

    1. Joe says:

      I agree.  This article is a complete injustice.  Years after the disaster in the Bronx he has spent all of the Port Authority’s money on the World Trade Center.  At last count that project is more than $2 billion over budget (notice a pattern?).  Not to mention his back room deals were with real estate developers.  The only people who are calling for Ward as mayor are those same developers and his lackey co-conspirators who help him screw over the public.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Absurd that the Observer would ignore Ward’s role in one of the biggest boondoggles in NYC history, the water filtration fiasco in the Bronx.  Get out of your Manhattan-centric myopia.  Ward promised us Bronxites the moon in exchange for his fraud laden filtration plant, which destroyed our parkland.  Next to none of the community benefits he promised have been realized.  But this divinity school grad is given a free pass.  Hah — he may have studied about ethical conduct in divinity school — but Ward has never let it get in the way of getting what he wants.  Icing on your arrogant myopia is that you quote this hack Sheinkopf.  Sheinkopf, a major financial contributor to none other than Pedro Espada, Jr. — another piece of crap who stole from the people he pretended to serve.

  5. PAMe says:

    And he’ll leave the PA before the truth about WTC construction contracting rises to the surface….good timing!

  6. Margaretbx says:

    While at DEP, Chris Ward pushed through the Croton filtration plant, which has been, thus far, triple what he claimed it would cost. He kept the WTC plant “within budget” by tripling the declared budget, and now will leave the Port Authority before the buildings are finished and the public gets to see that we can’t build office space at $1000 a sq ft and expect to cover our costs. A disaster like this we don’t need as mayor.