NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Overtime payouts to employees at the Port Authority have dramatically outpaced projections during the first quarter of 2013.

Most of the increase for non-police employees is blamed on continuing cleanup from Superstorm Sandy and a higher-than-usual number of snowstorms that affected area airports.

Agency chairman David Samson said much of the OT was paid out because of unplanned events.

“You have incidents that, just like weather, you have security incidents,” Samson told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “After the Boston Marathon tragedy, everybody’s on high alert.”

Non-police employees were paid 309,000 hours in overtime in the first quarter of 2013, or 30 percent higher than the projected amount of 237,000 hours. Port Authority officials blamed 14 separate snow events at JFK and La Guardia and 11 at Newark, compared to 5 and 6, respectively, a year ago.

Port Authority police received 239,000 hours in overtime during the first quarter, nearly one-third over the budgeted amount of 182,000 hours.

Officials said that’s partly because of unfilled vacancies.

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