April 5, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Regional Plan Association will honor
New York State
Thruway Authority Chairman
with the organization's 2013 Lifetime Leadership Award for his extraordinary contributions to
and the region.
Howard P. Milstein
, who has served as chairman of the
New York State
Thruway Authority since 2011, has been a major force in the development of
New York City
, the region and beyond. He is a leading figure in local, national and global affairs, marshaling business, government, philanthropic and family resources to drive a breadth of initiatives across health, civic, educational and security sectors.
At the Thruway Authority, under Gov.
's leadership, Mr. Milstein orchestrated the contract for design and construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge -- the largest procurement in
New York State
history. He brought to bear a lifetime of private-sector experience in construction and large-scale development, initiating and leading a design-build process that saved
from the original cost estimates.
Mr. Milstein's success at the Thruway Authority builds on his role as a business and philanthropic leader. Mr. Milstein's work, leading this generation of the Milstein family, has changed the skyline of
, building or buying, along with his father, Paul, and their partners, more than 50,000 apartments, 20 million square feet of office space and 10,000 hotel rooms. Milstein family development has anchored and revitalized entire communities, as can be seen at Lincoln Center, Times Square and Battery Park City in
, Starrett City in
waterfront. Through his work, Mr. Milstein has repeatedly demonstrated a deep understanding of the role of responsible, sustainable development in improving the quality of life for all residents of the
Mr. Milstein and his family have also played leadership roles and made significant philanthropic contributions to institutions including the New York Public Library,
universities, Weill Cornell Medical Center,
, the National
Memorial and Museum, Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History.
"For 90 years RPA has championed smart investments in infrastructure that support a growing and prosperous region. Chairman Milstein, with his extraordinary leadership of the NYS Thruway Authority, has taken an endeavor that was stalled for years and delivered the most significant project in a generation. The new plan will add an extra lane to the bridge, and save nearly
," said RPA Chairman
"Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, as Chairman of the Thruway Authority, Mr. Milstein used his extensive private-sector experience in construction and development to cut through red tape and complete permitting, design and selection of a construction team for the new Tappan Zee Bridge in less than one year -- saving taxpayers and commuters billions in extra costs and years of avoided congestion," said RPA President
Robert D. Yaro
Mr. Milstein said: "I am deeply honored to be receiving this award from RPA, a group I deeply respect and admire. Based upon Governor Cuomo's vision, our historic procurement of a contract for building the new Tappan Zee Bridge will serve as a model for public infrastructure development for decades to come. I congratulate everyone involved - including
and the RPA - for their role in a collaborative process that featured dramatic breakthroughs in speed, transparency, cost savings and environmental sensitivity. The design-build process for the new Tappan Zee will bring jobs and opportunity, foster additional development, and help sustain the competitiveness of our entire region consistent with Governor Cuomo's mandate."
The Board of Directors of Regional Plan Association established RPA's Lifetime Leadership Award in 2009 to honor individuals who have played a unique role in shaping the
region's development and have made significant contributions to its continued success as a world hub of commerce, culture and quality of life.
Regional Plan Association has been proud to bestow this annual award to former Lt. Governor
in 2009; RPA's honorary Chairman
Peter W. Herman, Esq.
, in 2010;
in 2011; and in 2012 to RPA's Vice-Chairman, former Governor
James J. Florio
RPA's 23rd annual Assembly, "A Resilient Region," will explore urgent challenges facing the
region, including climate change, declining economic opportunity and fiscal uncertainty. View the full program for the Assembly at
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SOURCE Regional Plan Association