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New Turnpike Facility Dedicated to Gerard Conley Sr.

June 17, 2010

PORTLAND – Governor John E. Baldacci today praised Gerard P. Conley Sr. and his leadership of the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) during the dedication of the new MTA Administration and Public Safety building. The building was named in Conley’s honor.

The Portland building consolidated operations that had been conducted at four separate facilities into one building. The new building houses the administrative staff of the Maine Turnpike Authority, the E-ZPass Customer Service Center and State Police Troop G.

“This facility enhances service to the public, ensuring a one-stop shop that is both efficient and effective,” said Governor Baldacci. “The facility we celebrate today also gives us a wonderful way to recognize a man who has made so many extraordinary contributions to the City of Portland and the State of Maine.”

Conley was born in Portland and has served his hometown for many years, including service as City Councilor and as Mayor.

Conley distinguished himself as a State Legislator, serving in both chambers for many years, including serving as Assistant Democratic Leader, Senate Democratic Leader and Senate President. Governor Brennan appointed him as Chairman of the Maine Unemployment Insurance Compensation Commission.

In 2004, Governor Baldacci appointed Conley to the Maine Turnpike Authority, naming him Chairman later that year. Under his leadership, the Maine Turnpike Authority has implemented E-ZPass, completed a five year, 30-mile widening and modernization project, and rehabilitated bridges and service plazas.

The facility was built following LEED standards, meaning that energy consumption is reduced and environmentally friendly practices have been and will continue to be followed.

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