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12/09/2011 05:07 pm ET

Port Authority Cops Earning Over $200,000 in 2011 Thanks To Overtime

Dozens of rank-and-file Port Authority cops are earning more than $200,000 in 2011 thanks to overtime.

According to NBC New York, one sergeant has earned $115,394 in overtime this year, bringing his total pay to $265,059, which is higher than that of most Port Authority executives.

Paul Nunziato, of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, blamed the exorbitant overtime pay on the PA itself, saying his union has been pressing officials to hire more officers for years.

The agency's money management has long drawn the ire of New York and New Jersey state officials. The authority spent $85.7 million in overtime in 2010 to 5,360 of its workers, including most of its 1,650 cops.

Four months ago, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said overtime "flows like water" at Port Authority, which responsible for the New York metropolitan area's airports, seaports, Port Authority Trans Hudson rail system, tunnels and bridges.

"Management has no clear strategy to achieve its own benchmarks and goals for curbing costs," DiNapoli said at the time. "Every agency in this state is tightening its belt. Before the Port Authority asks for more money to fund its operations, the agency should take a long, hard look at whether its business model for managing overtime really makes sense."

The new salary numbers will be released on the Port Authority website Friday, disclosing for the first time how much each of its 6,777 employees is paid -- including overtime -- in an effort to be more transparent.

In September, the Port Authority angered many commuters after raising the cash tolls for its bridges and tunnels from $8 to $12 to cover the enormous cost of the World Trade Center construction.

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