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State Auditors: Excessive Overtime At Port Authority

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Port Authority Bus Terminal - New York, NY - Aug 15, 2003 - Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Port Authority Bus Terminal (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — State auditors say the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey should cut millions of dollars of annual overtime paid to its workers.

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Wednesday overtime “flows like water” at the agency responsible for the region’s airports, seaports, PATH rail system, tunnels and bridges between New York and New Jersey. It also runs the Port Authority Bus Terminal and World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Auditors say almost $86 million of overtime was paid last year to 5,360 of the authority’s 6,977 employees, most for PATH and the public safety workers.

That’s a 3 percent cut from the year before. Its budget specified a 20 percent cut.

Authority officials say they’re taking further steps, but auditors should also recognize its unionized, regulated, round-the-clock business environment.

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