February 17, 2016
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007
RE: UNITED AIRLINES INTENT TO USE PANYNJ FACILITIES IN NY AND NJ FOR FLIGHTS TO CUBA
Dear Executive Director Foye and the Board of Commissioners:
DATELINE: ” CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2016 — United Airlines today applauded the historic signing by representatives of the United States and Cuba governments of a formal arrangement to reinstitute air service between the two countries. United intends to apply to offer service between some of its global gateways and Havana through the Department of Transportation ‘s pending route case. Assuming service is approved, United customers will benefit from United’s expanded global route network and new opportunities for leisure and business travel to Cuba. “
I write this letter with great concern that among all of this grand business and economic talk of the advantages to improved relations with the Castro regime, that the fact being lost in the discussion is that to this day, the Cuban government gives safe haven to dozens and dozens of fugitives from U.S. justice. It appears to me that these fugitive offenders are of no consequence to the White House and business leadership here at home, and that only potential huge profits and the salivating of big revenue by corporate leadership and stockholders is the priority. I need to remind all that NJ/US fugitive from justice Joanne Chesimard, who is convicted of the murder of NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster on the NJ Turnpike in 1973, is being harbored in Cuba by the Castro regime, and that all discussions of her return to the US, along with the other fugitives, have fallen on deaf ears. All I keep hearing from officials at the local and national level is that Cuba doesn’ t want to discuss her return, that it’ s off the table, and basically, it’ s all about the money and economy for all concerned.
We strongly oppose any request or approval of United Airlines, or any other airline, a permit to use NJ Port Authority airports to fly back and forth to a country, such as Cuba, that has openly slapped all Americans in the face with their policy of keeping US fugitives away and safe from the reach of US justice.
We respectfully request that you take this letter and our position into consideration on this matter, and we thank you in advance for your time. I am available for additional comments and/or answers to any questions that may arise.
Very Truly Yours,
Christopher J Burgos
Cc: NJ Office of the Governor
Cc: NY Office of the Governor