Coscia, a partner at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, is also the chairman of Amtrak and one of three trustees of the Gateway Development Program Corp., the nonprofit managing the estimated $20 billion bridge and tunnel undertaking. The huge infrastructure project could play a major role in an economic recovery from the COVID-19 downturn, if it finally wins federal funding.
In addition, Coscia was named to Gov. Phil Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Commission, which will help plan how the state reopens businesses after weeks of a virtual lockdown imposed to control the pandemic.
The Gateway project features the replacement of the 108-year-old Hudson River rail tunnels that connect New Jersey with Manhattan and the 110-year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River. In private practice, Coscia has handled corporate litigation and transactions.
At Amtrak, Coscia also chairs the audit and finance committee. His past notable stints include the boards of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The Gateway project is critical, not only to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, but to the state and national economies as well. That makes Coscia one of the most important economic actors in the region, but one who faces apparently intractable opposition from Washington.