Dr. Anthony J. Sartor, a hugely respected former commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who played an integral role in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, died on August 5. He was 79.
Sartor became involved in Republican politics in the 1980s and was a major fundraiser for Donald T. DiFrancesco, who served as Senate President for ten years and as Governor of New Jersey from 2001 to 2002.
Gov. James Florio nominated Sartor as a commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 1992. He chaired the construction committee, supervising the building the Atlantic City Convention Center, athletic facilities at Rutgers University, and luxury boxes at Giants Stadium.
In 1999, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman named Sartor to the Port Authority, where he served for fourteen years under six New Jersey governors. He chaired the World Trade Center Construction subcommittee and as a unpaid commissioner, he maintained an office at the construction offices in Lower Manhattan.
Sartor had spent his career building several successful engineering firms and was a pioneer in the field of environmental engineering. He also served as a trustee of Manhattan College and the Italian American Foundation.
Predeceased by his first wife, Maria, he is survived by his wife, Alice, his three children and six grandchildren.
His wake will be held at A.K. Macagna Funeral Home in Cliffside Park on August 11 from 4-8 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, in Fairview at 11 AM on Friday.