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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Joe Fiordaliso or Marc La Vorgna
609-530-4280

RELEASE: September 24, 2004


NJDOT Commissioner Lettiere elected Vice President of national transportation organization, AASHTO

 

(Philadelphia)   At the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Philadelphia, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere was elected Vice President of the organization for the coming year. After serving one year as Vice President, Lettiere is expected to ascend to the role of President of AASHTO.

AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water.  Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. AASHTO plays a critical role in determined national transportation policy and standards and is currently focused on the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill.

Lettiere becomes the 89th AASHTO president since the organization's founding in 1914 and the first ever from New Jersey.

Lettiere, who has been with NJDOT for 30 years, received a governor's appointment to commissioner in December 2002. As commissioner, he oversees 16,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $3 billion. He has served as Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for Capital Investment.

His duties as Commissioner include Chairman of the New Jersey Transit Corporation and the state's Transportation Trust Fund Authority. Lettiere is also on the board of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.

Lettiere served as Chairman of AASHTO's Administrative Subcommittee on Transportation Finance and is Region I Representative of the AASHTO Strategic Plan Task Force.  He is also a member and Vice Chair of the AASHTO Working Group on Financial Issues, which developed the association's recommendations for the reauthorization of the federal highway and transportation program.  He also served on the Standing Committee on Planning and chairs the Local Bridge Initiative Group.

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Lettiere graduated from the General Motors Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and he has a master's degree in Business Administration for Rider University.  He is married and has two daughters.

 
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