About Us

GatewayJFK is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public-private partnership providing technical and professional services, supplemental services and improvements, and advocacy for the District’s off‐ airport cargo community, a vital link in the global supply chain, and for all of those who live, work or visit the area. GatewayJFK - Off Airport. On the Move. is a distinct, unique New York City neighborhood of major economic significance to the region, the nation and the world.

GatewayJFK, formerly known as Greater JFK Industrial Business Improvement District (BID), is the 73rd NYC BID established in 2016.  Geographically, the District is located in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of the Borough of Queens, adjacent to John F. Kennedy International Airport with Rockaway Boulevard as its primarily access route. It consists of over 500 properties and is a complex assembly of private properties containing customs brokers, freight forwarders, couriers and logistical services, trucking and maintenance companies and many others that employ almost 8,000 workers and occupy approximately 4.1 million square feet in a broad range of industrial and commercial buildings.

The cargo related businesses exist alongside other light industrial and retail uses, hotels, community service and government facilities as well as 154 single family homes. Striking an appropriate balance between industrial, commercial and residential interests is a unifying principle that guides GatewayJFK in all that it does.

Under the direction and supervision of GatewayJFK property owners, businesses, residents, elected officials and community leaders, the annual BID budget of $500,000 supports the following:

  • Advocacy and Administration

  • Sanitation & Streetscape Maintenance Services & Snow Removal

  • Security & Public Safety

  • District Marketing & Communications

  • GatewayJFK Shuttle powered by Dollaride

  • Industry Networking & Workforce Development

  • Technical Services & Planning Studies for Economic Development

  • Community Support Programs & Events


The $500,000 annual BID budget is primarily supported by the industrial and commercial property owners, while residential property owners are assigned a symbolic $1 per year. Non‐profit and publicly‐owned properties are exempt from the BID assessment.

It is important to note, however, that finances do not dictate governance of the BID organization. By law, property owners - residential and commercial - will have majority representation. Tenants - along with the built-in, careful oversight by government representatives - will aggressively ensure a balance in all operations and decision-making.

GatewayJFK Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Frank Liggio - Chairperson
Kim Lawton - First Vice Chair 
Raleigh S. Hall - Second Vice Chair 
Brian Pinnola - Treasurer
Veronica Hicks - Secretary

Board Members by BID Class

Class A1: Commercial Property Owners
Joseph Lagano - Avison Young
Peter Levine - Mileson Corp
Brian Pinnola - Cushman & Wakefield
Frank Liggio - Cushman Wakefield, RREEFF

Class A2: Residential Property Owners
Sadiqa Codrington-Croskey - Spring Jam Civic Association 
Carolyn Ellis - Spring Jam Civic Association 
Veronica Hicks - Spring Jam Civic Association 
Kim Lawton - Spring Jam Civic Association 
Louise Torbert -Spring Jam Civic Association 
Veronica Davis - Spring Jam Civic Association  

Class B: Commercial Tenants
Reid Berch - Representing Airgate Tenants
Raleigh S. Hall - RS ConsultworX
John DeStephan - Mobile Airtrans

Class C – Residential Tenant

Class D - Public Officials/Ex-Officio
James Mongeluzo - Representing NYC Comptroller Brad Lander
Calvin Brown - NYC Department of Small Business Services
John M. Perricone - Representing Queens Borough President Donavan Richards
Mortimer Lawrence - Representing District 31 NYC Councilmember Selvina Brooks-Powers

Class E – Nonvoting
Joyce Denny - United Neighbors Civic Association
Yvette Dudley - United Neighbors Civic Association
Mark McMillan - Community Board 13 -District Manager
Yvonne Reddick - Community Board 12 -District Manager
Andrew Genn - NYC Economic Development Corporation
Hersh Parekh - The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Jamal Wilkerson – NYC District 28 Councilmember Adrienne Adams
Vivian E. Cook - NYS District 32 Assemblymember
Khaleel Anderson - NYS District 31 Assemblymember
James Sanders - NYS District 10 Senator
Kathy Hochul – NYS Governor
Gregory Meeks - US Congressmember NY District 5
Chuck Schumer - US Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand - US Senator

Board Vacancies to Fill
Commercial Property Owner – 3 positions
Commercial Tenants – 2 positions
Residential Tenants – 1 position

We Value Your Perspective and Encourage Your Participation.
Interested in being on the Board? Contact Us: info@gatewayjfk.org

Key Documents

History of GatewayJFK Formation

The JFK Cargo Study (January 2013), prepared for the NYC Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, prompted the planning initiative for a Business Improvement District (BID) represented by the off-airport community, seeking to enhance the quality of life for all those who live, work and visit the area now and in the future. The NYCEDC with the support of NYC Department of Small Business Services, providing oversight for BID formation, support from government officials, and a Planning Committee of diverse stakeholders who worked together to create today’s GatewayJFK.

Now known as GatewayJFK, the planning process referenced the District as Greater JFK IBID (Industrial Business Improvement District). A Timeline for BID Formation and Press Release (2017) provides a framework for the tasks undertaken. A critical stage of BID formation are the formal public meetings that summarize the findings of the BID Planning Committee and proposes a BID plan for approval. Public Meeting (2014) Presentation By the end of 2015, the legislative approval process was in motion and signed into law in November 2016. In 2017, start-up tasks to establish the organization and its governance were completed. January 2018 began the first full year of operation.