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Ex-Port Authority chief's fall from grace a cautionary tale about privacy

northjersey.com — No doubt, the most remarkable thing about David Samson's fall from grace was that the former Port Authority chairman risked everything for a perk as petty as a more convenient plane ride to his second home. But nearly as notable was the fact that - once again - a public official was taken down by mistakenly assuming that his emails would remain private.

Ex-PA chief's fall from grace a cautionary tale about privacy

northjersey.com — No doubt, the most remarkable thing about David Samson's fall from grace was that the former Port Authority chairman risked everything for a perk as petty as a more convenient plane ride to his second home. But nearly as notable was the fact that - once again - a public official was taken down by mistakenly assuming that his emails would remain private.

N.Y. lawmakers call on Port Authority to scrap design competition for Midtown bus terminal

Port Authority chairman demands N.Y. Gov. Cuomo OK agency CEO

northjersey.com — Warning that the Port Authority risks sliding backward, the agency's chairman has publicly challenged New York's governor to approve a new CEO or admit that reform of the scandal-plagued agency is dead. Chairman John Degnan said that if Gov.

Port Authority chairman demands N.Y. Gov. Cuomo approve agency CEO

northjersey.com — Warning that the Port Authority risks sliding backward, the agency's chairman has publicly challenged New York's governor to approve a new CEO or admit that reform of the scandal-plagued agency is dead. Chairman John Degnan said that if Gov.

Ex-Port Authority chief pleads guilty to forcing United to fly to his vacation home

northjersey.com — David Samson, a longtime confidant of Governor Christie and once New Jersey's top law enforcement officer, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal bribery charges in a scheme to use his position as chairman of the Port Authority to pressure United Airlines to launch a money-losing route from Newark to South Carolina for his personal benefit.

Ex-Port Authority boss pleads guilty in United probe; former DOT chief charged with conspiracy

northjersey.com — David Samson, a longtime confidant of Governor Christie, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of using his former position as chairman of the Port Authority to pressure United Airlines to reinstate a flight to South Carolina, where he had a weekend home.

David Samson, ex-Port Authority boss and Christie confidant, pleads guilty in United probe

northjersey.com — David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority and one of Governor Christie's most trusted confidants, has pleaded guilty to knowingly and corruptly soliciting and accepting a thing of value - namely non-stop flights to his vacation home in South Carolina - and faces sentencing this October that could lead to probation or up to 24 months in prison under federal guidelines.

Guilty plea expected from ex-Port Authority boss and Christie confidant

northjersey.com — FBI and prosecutors have spent the past two years investigating whether the former chairman used his position as head of the multi-billion dollar agency for his personal benefit and to benefit clients of his powerful law firm. Samson is due to appear before a federal judge at 12:30 p.m.

Guilty plea expected from David Samson, ex-Port Authority chairman and Christie confidant

northjersey.com — FBI and prosecutors have spent the past two years investigating whether the former chairman used his position as head of the multi-billion dollar agency for his personal benefit and to benefit clients of his powerful law firm. Samson is due to appear before a federal judge at 12:30 p.m.
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