Report: Port Authority Execs Collect Hidden Pay

FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Just weeks after the Port Authority raised bridge and tunnel tolls and the Path train fare, a report has come out alleging agency executives have collected more than $2 million in extra compensation over two years than was publicly disclosed.

Some executives make up to $70,000 more annually than the salaries that have been released to the public, a review by The Record found.

About 650 non-union employees claiming perfect attendance were able to trade in vacation days for compensation under what’s known as the Amended Vacation Exchange.

The newspaper obtained the information about the undisclosed extra pay from the New York Comptroller’s Office after spending months requesting data from the bi-state agency.

Port Authority attorney Daniel Duffy declined to provide the additional information in September after he was told that the figures released by the agency did not include extra pay, The Record reported Tuesday.

Duffy’s letter cited a provision in the Port Authority’s Freedom of Information policy that allows the agency to keep information secret when it would be an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

Gov. Chris Christie, who oversees the agency with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called the extra compensation ‘inappropriate and excessive.”

The salary add-ons include a 5 percent bonus, called Longevity I, given to three current “essential employees” who sought retirement after the 9/11 attacks but were asked to remain, Port Authority spokeswoman Jamie Loftus told the newspaper.

Longevity II gives employees with 25 years of service an extra 2 percent salary increase and increases of another 1 percent for every five additional years, she said.

Port Authority Chairman David Samson said he was not yet aware of the details of the payments aside from the unused vacation program. He called that program “anachronistic” and “inappropriate” and said it would be examined as part of an ongoing review of spending.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below…

  • mj

    lets raise those tolls on us wotking people again

  • Don Juan

    Is the extra pay above the table, under the table, or both? And what is it for?

  • VY

    The PA should be disbanded. All facilities not involved in cross state line transportation should be turned over to the respective local governments (this includes the airports). The cross border bridges and tunnels should be run to support those structures and cross border mass transit capital facilities.
    The current PA is top heavy over paid group of adminstrators, who support projects that either do not help the regional economy, or warp projects that favor one state over the other.
    Plus the PA never carried out their original mandate, which was to build a freight railroad tunnel under the Hudson so NYC and Long Island would not be cut off from the national freight railroad network.
    That connection if it is ever built would lower cross Hudson truck traffic by as much as 50%.
    And NYC is still the only majoe city in the USA that does NOT have a direct local subway or commuter railroad connection to it’s airports (the JFK Airtrain forces passengers to transfer to the LIRR or the subway to get into town).
    The PA also runs the airports like crap.

  • Emanuel Nadelman

    Some years ago, a candidate for a financial services position then working for the Port Authority regaled us with stories of how the Port Authority was wasting large amounts of money pursuing misguided economic ventures. Some things never change, particularly when there is a monopoly over access to New York City from New Jersey.

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