State Auditors: Excessive Overtime At Port Authority

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.

What do you think of the Port Authority? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • NYer in NJ

    What do I think of the Port Authority? Hmm, that’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Let’s just say, I’m not happy and I think the whole thing is woefully mis-managed. We need some new people in there, ideally someone with a business background who will tighten the reins and cut waste.

    Good thing you did not ask about the PABT itself: my opinion of that is even lower, and lower and lower…you get the point.

  • joey from B'hurst

    86 million divided by 5360 employees gives an average $16,045 per employee. Collapse this quasi government organization immediately. We don’t have dockworkers anymore.

    • HP

      Agreed 100%. These employees should know that everybody is cutting back, including Port Authority. And they have the sense asking for 50% increase, sham, sham, sham.

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