OF NEW YORK
GEORGE E. PATAKI, GOVERNOR
ISSUED: Tuesday, 9/25/2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES GRADUATE
INSTITUTE IN HONOR OF NEIL D. LEVIN
SUNY to Create Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations & Commerce
Governor George E. Pataki today announced that the State of New York will establish the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce under the auspices of the State University of New York. The institute is dedicated to the memory of Neil D. Levin, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who was lost in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
"Neil Levin was a talented, dedicated and selfless public servant for the people of New York State, and his loss is a tremendous blow to all who knew him," Governor Pataki said. "The creation of this new institute which will benefit New Yorkers and draw people from around the world for generations to come is a fitting tribute to honor Neil's major achievements in the business, banking and insurance fields and is a tribute to all who perished at the World Trade Center. Neil Levin will be greatly missed, but he will not be forgotten."
The Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce will carry on Neil Levin's vision and commitment to the people of New York, enabling future generations to gain advanced skills and experience necessary to function in the complex world of foreign relations and the global economy. The Institute will partner the great academic strengths of the State University, City University and other outstanding universities.
Located in New York City, the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute will work with the United Nations, representatives of foreign nations, international organizations and agencies, Federal, State and New York City governments, and leading firms involved with diplomatic relations among the nations of the world, international business, banking, law and finance.
A native New Yorker, Neil Levin was a leader in business, banking and insurance at the state, national and international levels. As the Executive Director of the Port Authority, he served at the focal point of international commerce, serving not only as landlord of the World Trade Center complex, but as operator of New York's major airports, port facilities, bridges and tunnels.
Neil Levin served as Chairman of the New York State Commission on Recovery of Holocaust Victims' Assets. The Commission was created by Governor Pataki to assist Holocaust victims and their heirs in the recovery of assets wrongfully taken in the Holocaust. While at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Neil Levin also had firm-wide responsibility for Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s business in the State of Israel. He was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
On March 30, 2001, New York Governor George E. Pataki and Acting New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco recommended Mr. Levin as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Mr. Levin was appointed New York State Insurance Superintendent in 1997, following his successful tenure as New York State Superintendent of Banks.
He had nearly 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector, and served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, a Director of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac), and a member of the Freddie Mac Advisory Committee. He was also a Trustee of Hofstra University and held an AB in Economics from Lafayette College, an MBA in Finance from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.
Mr. Levin is survived by his wife, Christine Ann Ferer and her two daughters from a previous marriage. He is also survived by his mother, Gloria, of Atlantic Beach, N.Y. and a brother, Stanley, of Westchester County.