Susan Baer has been named director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, replacing William DeCota, who died suddenly on Sept. 11. The first woman to hold the post, Baer is also the first to have managed each of the three major commercial airports in the New York City area. Besides JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty, she will now assume oversight of Stewart International and Teterboro airports. Baer said her priorities will be modernizing airport facilities, implementing NextGen technology and promoting airspace improvements.

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