In Memoriam:  Tony Japha

Anthony “Tony” Japha had a long career in public administration, financial planning and analysis, and managing capital projects for both City of New York, and the State. Tony is one of the founding members of the Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize Foundation.


Tony held several positions in the Bureau of the Budget, including Assistant Director for the uniformed forces and criminal justice. He spent the bulk of his later career in government, in positions with the Health and Hospital Corporation, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Tony, as Director, spearheaded the East Side Access project, which is set to bring the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Grand Central Terminal. 


Besides his work in government, Tony was an avid amateur (HAM) radio operator, who operated with call letters, N2UN. He was a proud member and President of the “Order of the Boiled Owls,” an Amateur Radio Contest and DX Club in existence since 1954.


Tony was a graduate of Senn High School, Class of 1962 (Chicago, IL), as well as the University of Michigan.