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The NY/NJ Port Authority is hearing the protestors loud and clear. So much so, they'd decided to "re-examine the lease agreement" -- the one that amounts to tens of millions in public revenue give-aways to one of David Samson's most lucrative paying clients.  Income from when he is busy working his private sector day-job, that is ...


Amid controversy, Port Authority revisits $1 park-and-ride lease

by Steve Strunsky, The Star-Ledger, nj.com -- Mar 19, 2014

[...]
Apart from its financial implications for the agency, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners' vote on Feb. 9, 2012, to let NJ Transit use the lot essentially for free has raised concerns that Chairman David Samson was in a conflict of interest. His law firm, Wolff & Samson, had been retained by NJ Transit agency to help maximize revenues from its park-and-ride lots.

During a meeting this morning of the board's operations committee, commissioners directed agency staffers to re-examine the lease agreement, bearing in mind a 2011 estimate of the 13-acre property's annual lease value of $685,000.

[...]
News reports that Samson had failed to recuse himself from the park-and-ride vote prompted a highly unusual release of a letter from Port Authority General Counsel Darrell Buchbinder, the agency's top lawyer, to Samson, which stated that the chairman had indeed recused himself, but the recusal was not recorded in the meeting minutes due to a "clerical inadvertence."

Before the discussion of the park-and-ride lease this morning, Samson recused himself from the committee meeting. This time, to make his position completely clear and in accordance with a new ethical practice of the board, Samson stood and left the meeting room.


Well, I suppose that is a better excuse ("Clerical Inadvertence") than the Retro-active Recusal farce they were first claiming when this Quid-pro-Quo story first broke.

That original excuse is the kind of cover-story you get, when thugs 'abusers of authority' are caught 'bilking the public' -- when they are caught unawares, and unprepared.  And unscripted.



I bet David Samson, and his partners over at Wolff & Samson, are desperately trying to find similar retro-active "Inadvertent Corrections" for these other Samson favoritism-faux-pas -- made under the guise of serving the "best interests" citizens of New Jersey (and New York.)


1)

How Christie Built the Port Authority ‘Slush Fund’

by Bob and Barbara Dreyfuss, theNation.com -- March 4, 2014

[...] Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, both of whom have resigned in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, were key principals in a secret effort by Governor Chris Christie to raise tolls on the Hudson River bridges and tunnels in order to help fund a slush fund that was used to finance major construction projects that benefited the PA’s chairman, David Samson, and his law firm, Wolff & Samson. Among those projects: the raising and reconstruction of the Bayonne Bridge, a $1.2 billion project that benefited Skanska Koch, a construction firm represented by Wolff & Samson.
[...]

2)

Vote by Port Authority Chairman David Samson raises ethical question

by Associated Press; newsworks.org -- Jan 28, 2014

Questions are being raised about a high-ranking Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official's support for a $256 million reconstruction of a rundown PATH station in northern Jersey.

The Record reports Port Authority Chairman David Samson voted for the project three months after a builder represented by his law firm [Thomas Berkenkamp]
[...]


3)

Wolff & Samson, Firm At Heart Of Christie Controversy, Has Had An Ally In The Governor

by Christina Wilkie and Andrew Perez, Huffingtonpost.com -- Jan 30, 2014

[...]
Honeywell paid Wolff & Samson $80,000 in lobbying fees in 2010 to lobby agencies like the Economic Development Authority. It paid off. In July of 2010, Gov. Chris Christie (R) pledged to introduce a bill to increase the EDA's Business Retention and Relocation Assistance Grant program, which gave businesses tax incentives for keeping jobs in the state.

By the time the legislature made the changes at Christie's request, however, Honeywell had its sights set higher. The company now wanted a new kind of tax incentive, eventually dubbed the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, which would greatly increase the dollar amount that a company could slice off its tax bill for each job it retained.

Honeywell went to Wolff & Samson once more, this time hiring the firm's newly created public affairs arm. And, once again, it paid off, with the legislature approving the bill in January 2012 and Christie signing it into law shortly thereafter.
[...]


4)

Hoboken mayor's allegations cast ex-DCA comissioner in a stressful spotlight

by Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger, nj.com -- Jan 18, 2014

[...]
In an explosive interview on MSNBC today, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Grifa pressured her to back a waterfront development project in the Hudson County city that the governor wanted. The developer, the Rockefeller Group, was represented by Wolff & Samson, the law firm founded by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson, who is also the focus of multiple investigations into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

Zimmer said Grifa helped Hoboken apply for a $75,000 grant through the Port Authority to pay for a study on development. Zimmer, however, did not support those development plans. Grifa kept the pressure on, setting up a conference call with the city’s planning attorney and Samson to push for the development, according to Zimmer, who cited email messages.
[...]


5)  

New Bridge Scandal Emails:  Port Authority Official Said Christie Team's Lane Closure "Violates Federal Law"

by Molly Redden, MotherJones.com -- Jan 10, 2014

[...]
On Thursday, Christie expressed confidence that Samson played no part in causing the Fort Lee traffic disaster, saying, "I am convinced that he had absolutely no knowledge of this, that this was executed at the operational level and never brought to the attention of the [Port Authority] board of commissioners." Yet when Foye ordered the lanes reopened on September 13, David Wildstein, a Christie appointee at the Port Authority official wrote to a Christie staffer, "We are appropriately going nuts. Samson helping us to retaliate."

[...]
And another email released on Friday indicates that the Christie crew was worried about Foye. On September 18, Samson wrote Scott Rechler, the vice chair of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners,* that he strongly suspected Foye of "stirring up trouble" by speaking anonymously to a Wall Street Journal reporter about the Fort Lee traffic debacle. He went on: "This is yet another example of a story -- we've seen it before -- where [Foye] distances himself from an issue in the press and rides in on a white horse to save the day. In this case, he's playing in traffic, made a big mistake."
[...]


David Samson (and Chris Christie's confidant) may be one phenomenal corner cutting, loophole abusing, Corporate Lawyer -- but it's really hard to see how he is going to "inadvertently" excuse himself out of that last faux pas?

It's in the official Bridgegate Investigation email record.  Samson refers to his official capacities and historical aversion of disclosing things to the press, among other things:

Email from David Samson -- pg 919

[ To:  Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman RXR Realty ]

On Sep 18, 2013, at 5:45 AM, "Samson, David"  { ...@wolffsamson.com }

wrote:

Scott: I just read it and it confirms evidence of Foye's being the leak, stirring up trouble -- this is yet another example of a story, we've seen it before, where he distances himself from an issue in the press and rides in on a white horse to save the day (if you need prior examples I will provide) -- this case, he's playing in traffic, made a big mistake. D.

[emphasis added]


While another civic-minded Port Authority Director (Patrick Foye) was putting an abrupt end to the 4-Day Traffic Jam on the GW Bridge, David Samson the Chairman of the entire Port Authority, was threatening payback -- calling Foye's effort end to their fake Traffic Study "a big mistake" ...


N.J., feds probe Port Authority chief's contracts
(Andrew Burton, Getty Images) www.usatoday.com -- Mar 20, 2014


Let's see him "recuse his way" out of this ...



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