I cover the Port Authority for @TheRecordNJ. Send tips to berger@northjersey.com.

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2012 - Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
“Exposing sex abuse in the Orthodox community."

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2011 - Reporting by Newspaper with a Circulation under 100,000
“Where’s Washington’s Letter?”

Tim Kaine Visits Famed Touro Synagogue - Slams Donald Trump on Religious Freedom

forward.com — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine visited the historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, 226 years to the day after its leader read a letter to George Washington praising the new country's support for religious liberty. Kaine, on a campaign swing, wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday that "we stumbled on" the site, a landmark known as the country's oldest synagogue.

Internal Port Authority rule defies reform

lohud.com — Around the Port Authority, it is simply known as "Rule 3." It is one of the reasons that legislative reform of the bi-state agency - which continues to reel from scandals such as the George Washington Bridge lane closings and the "chairman's flight" - has stalled.

Port Authority reform hits a snag

northjersey.com — Around the Port Authority, it is simply known as "Rule 3." It is one of the reasons that legislative reform of the bi-state agency has stalled. This little-talked-about provision essentially extends Fifth Amendment protections, the right against self-incrimination, to internal disciplinary investigations of employees and Port Authority Police.

Learning Torah from My Kidney - by Donating It to My Dad

forward.com — In the Hebrew Bible, the word "kidneys" is mentioned over a dozen times to metaphorically describe one's emotional and moral choices. With a literal translation, Psalms 138:13 reads: "It was you who created my kidneys; You fashioned me in my mother's womb.

Testing of new flight path to Teterboro Airport sputters over safety issue

northjersey.com — A trouble-plagued test of a controversial new flight path to Teterboro Airport has suffered another setback. Pilots have flown the approach route on just eight of the past 120 days, largely because of a series of problems with the flight procedure - first with errors and inaccuracies with a flight chart created by the Federal Aviation Administration and now with a safety issue flagged by a leading aeronautical chart publisher.

New Teterboro flight path suffers another setback

northjersey.com — Pilots have flown the approach route on just eight of the past 120 days largely because of a series of problems with the flight procedure - first with errors and inaccuracies with a flight chart created by the Federal Aviation Administration and now with a safety issue flagged by a leading aeronautical chart publisher.

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.
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Aug 26, 2016

RT @AndreaWNYC: Quite a comment in @USAO_NJ #bridgegate papers: that the defendants may not have led the conspiracy. So who did? https://t.co/dSzjM2y5aT

Aug 25, 2016

WSJ spends a day at the improved PABT "The lower level no longer smells like urine, she observed: 'Just stale air.'"  http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-port-authority-bus-terminal-isnt-as-crummy-as-you-think-it-is-1471630774 


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