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Andrea Bernstein

Andrea Bernstein appears in the following:

The Power Broker: How Christie's Port Point Man Plays All Sides of Transit Deals

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

As chair of the Port Authority, head of a successful law firm, and — above all — as a confidante of Gov. Chris Christie's, David Samson has been able to maximize his connections, which spin out across the region's transportation network.

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After Bridgegate, Port Authority Axes Job of Chris Christie Ally

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

WNYC

David Wildstein's job at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been eliminated, according to an agency spokesperson.

When he came to the Port Authority, Wildstein's resume included political blogger, rug store manager, and mayor of tiny Livingston, NJ. He was given the title "Director of Interstate ...

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Port Board To Distance Itself from Christie Ally

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

WNYC

As it takes steps to get its own house in order amid the Bridgegate scandal, the Port Authority will form a committee to take on what one official calls the "political bureaucracy" — and to investigate Chairman David Samson.

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Chris Christie's Public Records Foul

Friday, January 31, 2014

Documents show that the New Jersey governor's office has been keeping some expenditures quiet despite laws that require official business to be made public. Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein have been covering the unfolding scandal, and join us to talk about Christie's transparency problems.

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Port Authority Board to Examine Conflicts of Interest

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners will be examining "all the facts and circumstances" surrounding the burgeoning bridgegate scandal, including whether the Board's Chair, David Samson, had conflicts of interest when he voted to approve a new PATH station near Harrison, two sources familiar with the board's thinking have told WNYC. The sources didn't want to speak publicly because of ongoing criminal investigations.

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Port Chief May be in More Ethical Hot Water

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WNYC

David Samson, the Port Authority Chair and central figure in two scandals surrounding Governor Chris Christie, may be in more ethical hot water. Records show Samson voted to approve a $256 million PATH station renovation in Harrison, NJ that could end up benefitting two private clients. Other commissioners recused themselves from the vote but Samson did not, raising the specter of conflict of interest.

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This Week In Politics: The Snowball Effect

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WNYC

Snow created problems on both sides of the Hudson this week: for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was forced to acknowledge that "more could have been done" when it came to snow removal; and for Chris Christie, whose inaugural party had to be cancelled. The Governor delivered his inaugural address even as FBI agents began to investigate a second allegation of abuse of power — this one over a Hoboken development deal and Sandy aid.

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon break it all down.

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"It's Hard to Say" if U.S. Bike Share Systems Will Survive Bixi's Bankruptcy -- Reporter

Friday, January 24, 2014

WNYC

Earlier this week, Montreal's Bixi bike share program filed for bankruptcy. Now, a reporter closely following that company's sorry financial history says that could have implications for the Bixi-designed software used by many bike share systems in the U.S.

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Under Christie, Business Booms for Port Authority's Chief

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WNYC

Lobbying and bond work at the law firm of David Samson, a Christie intimate he named to lead the Port Authority, have skyrocketed over the four years of the Christie administration.

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This Week in Politics: The Power Of Mayors

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WNYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio pulls off some power plays...and continues to push his everyman image . Meanwhile, across the Hudson, mayors are getting more attention than ever before.  WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin break down this week in politics with New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez.

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Christie Calls In the Lawyers

Friday, January 17, 2014

Chris Christie has brought in a set of lawyers to investigate bridgegate. Andrea Bernstein, WNYC metro editor, talks about who's involved. Plus, she discusses her reporting on the Port Authority.

 

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How Christie's Men Turned the Port Authority into a Political Piggy Bank

Thursday, January 16, 2014

For Governor Chris Christie, having David Wildstein as his director of interstate capital projects meant more than causing traffic jams for uncooperative Democrats in Fort Lee. It meant controlling billions of dollars that could be spent in ways that served Christie's national ambitions.

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In Embattled Mayoralty Of John Lindsay, Lessons For de Blasio

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WNYC

Bill de Blasio isn't the first strikingly tall liberal whom New Yorkers have elected to succeed a three-term mayor. So what lessons can de Blasio learn from the mayoralty of John Lindsay?

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At Port Authority, Christie Appointees Took Control

Sunday, January 12, 2014

WNYC

On the evening of September 14, the day after he ordered the re-opening of traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge, the executive director of the Port Authority, Pat Foye, was in conversation with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides.  “Anything else on Wildstein and Baroni,” Foye urgently emailed his director of bridges and tunnels. “2nd floor request.  Need to know ASAP.”

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This Week in Politics: Bridgegate

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The biggest scandal of Chris Christie's career threatens a potential presidential bid. Andrea Bernstein, Nancy Solomon and Matt Katz break it all down, and Matt tells us why team Christie is worried.

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When It Comes to Commuters, Chris Christie Has a Massive Blind Spot

Friday, January 10, 2014

Almost since taking office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been on a collision course with commuters and other people trying to get around his state - a group of people that comprises, essentially, everyone.

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Key Figure in Christie Scandal Held in Contempt After Taking the Fifth

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A New Jersey Assembly commiteee has held in contempt the key figure in the scandal surrounding the politically-motivated closure of two lanes of the George Washington Bridge. The vote came after David Wildstein repeatedly asserted his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent over the scandal.  

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With Caveats, Cuomo Veers to the Center

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

He's still pushing universal pre-k, gun control and medical marijuana, but in the first big speech of his re-election year, New York's governor seemed to go back to his centrist roots, focusing on lower taxes and balanced budgets.

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Emails Tie Top Christie Aides to GW Bridge Scandal

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

WNYC

An email message to the central figure in the fray surrounding the closure of traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge links a top aide to Governor Chris Christie to the growing scandal. "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," wrote Christie Aide Bridget Anne Kelly.

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Report: Soccer Deal Could Mean Yankees Garages In Arrears Until 2056

Monday, January 06, 2014

WNYC

A proposed deal to bring a soccer stadium to the Bronx would bail out the bondholders of a set of failed parking garages and delay payments to the New York City until 2056, according to an analysis released by the Independent Budget Office. The controversial garages, which paved over a park, have already cost taxpayers millions.

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