McQueen Is Pataki's Pick for Javits Post

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. George Pataki asked that Gerald T. McQueen be recommended as president and chief executive of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Pataki asked Javits Center chairman Robert E. Boyle to recommend McQueen following the announcement that Boyle will take over as executive director of the Port Authority of New York.

Both Boyle and McQueen came to the center in April 1995, under a mandate to help rid the troubled convention center of a longtime connection to organized crime.

Boyle said he expects McQueen, the current inspector general of the convention center, to be enthusiastically approved by the center's board.

"I wholeheartedly concur with the governor's selection of Gerry McQueen and fully expect the board of directors of the Javits Center will share our enthusiasm and elect and support Gerry for this responsibility," Boyle said.

McQueen has a strong history in criminal justice and has been instrumental in helping turn the convention center around.

He served as a supervisor in the organized-crime and labor-racketeering unit in the office of Manhattan district attorney Robert Morganthau.

As inspector general of the convention center, McQueen helped establish a system that gives management the exclusive right to hire workers it deems most qualified.

Boyle will remain chairman of the board of the convention center operating corporation.

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