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BYLINE: BY PETER TIRSCHWELL
With Brian Maher selling his family terminal company last year and stepping back from day-to-day operations, James Devine is now the leading private-sector voice in New York-New Jersey, the third-largest U.S. container port. In accepting a 2007 Connie award in December from the Containerization and Inter-modal Institute, the head of the New York and Global container terminals took the opportunity to issue a blunt warning about the future of the port. "There is a lot of concern about the harbor and its future," Devine said.
Devine's concerns can be summed up in one word: productivity. New York is lacking in a critical measurement of a …