Foye stepping down as Port Authority chief

Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye has announced his resignation.

Foye, a former corporate attorney who has served in a variety of political roles, including as head of New York’s economic development arm and as a deputy Nassau County executive, made the announcement in an email to staffers.

Foye was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has steered the agency through the turmoil following a scandal involving four days of lane closings at the George Washington Bridge that were ordered by staffers of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“I thank Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie for the opportunity to serve the people of our region at the most important transportation agency in the nation,” Foye wrote in the e-mail, which was obtained and confirmed by Bloomberg News. “It has been my honor to serve alongside each of you.”

The agency operates New York City’s three major airports, Hudson River crossings and marine terminals, as well as its bus station and the World Trade Center site. It is seeking a new chief executive, who would replace the agency’s executive director and deputy executive director, both traditionally political appointees.

Foye, who had earlier expressed interest in the job, said Thursday he would not participate in the search. He plans to remain at the agency for 120 days to aid the transition to new leadership.