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Tom Pietrykoski, the Director of Corporate Communications at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Photo: PANYNJ).

Pietrykoski joins Port Authority staff in senior position

Ex-Booker staffer will serve as Director of Corporate Communications

By David Wildstein, March 02 2022 11:55 am

Tom Pietrykoski, who spent nearly seven years as Cory Booker’s spokesman, has joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as Director of Corporate Communications.

Pietrykoski left his post as Booker’s deputy communications director last month.  He worked on Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign and previously worked for Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) and for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, where he began his career as a scientist involved in water quality monitoring programs.

Booker praised Pietrykoski, who had been an integral member of his inner circle.

“Tom Pietrykoski is a talented communications professional that I’ve trusted to be a leader on my team for the past six years,” Booker said.  “He’s brought grit and grace to the hard work of taking on New Jersey’s toughest issues and biggest challenges, and while his departure is a loss for my office, it’s a huge gain for the Port Authority and the millions of people they serve.  I’m so proud of Tom and the next chapter of his career.”

Pietrykoski, who is well-liked by national and local reporters, will run the media relations department at the bi-state agency, according to chief communications officer Ben Branham.

“The Port Authority will benefit from his experience in leading a full-service communications team and developing long-term communications strategies,” Branham said.

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