Port Authority Plucks Bloomberg Foe from MSG

As Port Authority’s executive director, Chris Ward, spars with Mayor Bloomberg over World Trade Center financing, he’s plucking a top aide who has some experience in opposing City Hall.

Mr. Ward has hired Andrew Lynn, an experienced planner at Madison Square Garden who helped battle back the mayor’s West Side stadium plans.

Mr. Lynn has been on the once-booming West Side development scene for much of the Bloomberg administration, working for the less-than-widely-loved Dolan family as MSG’s vice president for planning and development. He led its now-dead plans for a new arena and an expanded Penn Station called Moynihan Station, and he helped craft an alternative to the West Side stadium as the Dolans sought to fight off a potential competitor to their arena.

Now he joins Mr. Ward as a top deputy as the battle with the Bloomberg administration over Trade Center financing rumbles loudly.

The role for Mr. Lynn, who once worked in the Department of City Planning: Helping oversee “regional transportation projects,” Mr. Ward said, including the Moynihan plan (which has something of a gigantic, nine-figure chasm between the money needed and the money available).

Port Authority Plucks Bloomberg Foe from MSG