NU Online News Service, Oct. 2, 3:35 p.m. — New York state is starting a graduate program, the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, to honor the memory of Neil Levin.

Levin, a former New York insurance superintendent who left to become executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, died Sept. 11 in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The Port Authority is a government agency that manages all the major ports, airports, bridges and tunnels in the New York area. It also owns the World Trade Center complex.

Levin was also chairman of the New York State Commission on Recovery of Holocaust Victims’ Assets, a commission created to help Holocaust victims and their heirs in the recovery of assets wrongfully taken in the Holocaust.

The new graduate program will be located in New York and affiliated with the State University of New York.

“Neil Levin was a talented, dedicated and selfless public servant for the people of New York state, and his loss is a tremendous blow to all who knew him,” New York Gov. George Pataki said in a statement announcing the name of the new program. “The creation of this new institute, which will benefit New Yorkers and draw people from around the world for generations to come, is a fitting tribute to honor Neil’s major achievements in the business, banking and insurance fields and is a tribute to all who perished at the World Trade Center. Neil Levin will be greatly missed, but he will not be forgotten.”

Levin is survived by his wife, Christine Ann Ferer. and her two daughters from a previous marriage. He is also survived by his mother, Gloria, of Atlantic Beach, N.Y., and a brother, Stanley, of Westchester County, N.Y.